Warriors Surge Past Suns
Splash Brothers Combine For 60 Points
The Warriors have equaled their longest winning streak of the season after defeating the Suns 133-120 at Oracle Arena on Sunday. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson led all scorers with 30 points apiece, while Kevin Durant wasn’t far behind with 29 of his own, as the Dubs erased a fourth quarter deficit and ran away with the victory in the final minutes. With the win, Golden State improves to 8-2 on the season.
Despite finishing the game with a double-digit lead, Sunday’s contest was by no means a walk in the park for Golden State. Even though Phoenix was playing their second game in as many nights, the young Suns managed to give the Warriors all they could handle, pushing the defending Western Conference champs until the final buzzer.
Golden State got off to a decent start, with Kevin Durant opening the scoring with a baseline jam that got the Oracle crowd on its feet. The Warriors fed off that early momentum and eventually built a 12-7 lead, capped by Stephen Curry’s first three-pointer of the evening, but the mood would change soon after that. Phoenix responded with an 11-0 run, placing the Dubs in a deficit that would take them the vast majority of the half to dig their way out of. After T.J. Warren extended the Suns’ advantage to 30-23 with 1:58 remaining in the opening frame, the Warriors scored the next five points before Eric Bledsoe’s two free throws gave Phoenix a 32-28 lead at the end of one.
After former Warrior Leandro Barbosa made the opening basket of the second quarter, Golden State scored seven-straight points to take a brief 35-34 lead on Kevin Durant’s jumper with 10:15 remaining in the half. It would be extremely short-lived, though, as Brandon Knight would score on the ensuing possession to ignite a 12-2 Phoenix burst in response, capped by Barbosa’s 20-foot jumper that gave the Suns their largest lead of the entire night. Slowly but surely, however, Golden State began to trim away at that nine-point deficit, and after closing within 55-52 with 2:29 left, the Warriors finished the first half on a 10-4 run to take a three-point advantage into the break. Curry, who led Golden State with eight points in the first frame, added 12 points to his total in the second for a game-high 20 heading into halftime.
Phoenix made quick work of erasing the Warriors’ lead, using a 7-2 burst to begin the second half to momentarily jump back in front three minutes into the third quarter. 22 seconds later, Klay Thompson would sink one of his five second half three-pointers to retake a slim advantage in what would be a sign of things to come in the fourth quarter. Prior to that, however, the Warriors still had to get through the remainder of the third frame, and they did so in wildly spectacular fashion.
After the Suns had closed within 88-85 with 2:44 remaining in the third quarter, Patrick McCaw sank a corner three-pointer on one end, then raced back down the court to block Devin Booker’s layup attempt from behind. Andre Iguodala gathered the loose ball and attempted a lay-in at the other end, but was unable to convert. Booker, who was still down near the Warriors’ basket, received a full court pass and appeared to be on his way to a breakaway dunk, but much to his surprise, he was rejected once more by a streaking Durant who came all the way back for a phenomenal chase down block. Curry then retained possession and made his way down the court before hoisting a 27-foot three-pointer that found the bottom of the net to finish off the momentous sequence. McCaw would add another three-pointer with 42 seconds left before Phoenix closed the quarter on a 5-0 run to trim Golden State’s lead to 99-92 heading into the fourth and final frame.
Durant opened the fourth quarter scoring with a 16-foot jumper 34 seconds into the period, but the Suns responded with the next 10 points to jump back in front 102-101 with 9:18 left to play. Thompson would answer with a jumper of his own on the ensuing possession, and he seemed to find his rhythm from there. After totaling 16 points in the first three quarters, Thompson accounted for 14 points and four field goals in the fourth frame, the first three of which either tied the game or gave the Warriors the lead. His 27-foot three-pointer with 4:31 remaining in the game put Golden State up 117-114, and the Dubs never looked back from there, as they coasted through the final minutes to the eventual 133-120 victory.
The game marked the tenth time both Stephen Curry and Klay Thomson managed to score at least 30 points apiece in the same game, with Golden State prevailing in all ten of those instances. With the win, the Warriors improve to 8-2 on the season. Next up, they’ll head out on a four-game Eastern Conference road trip, beginning on Wednesday in Toronto.
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