Game Preview: Warriors vs. Suns - 2/8/19

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DUBS IN THE DESERT
The Warriors make their way to Phoenix on Friday to take on the Phoenix Suns for the third of four regular season matchups. In the teams’ first two meetings this year, the Dubs won by 20 and 23 points, respectively. While the Warriors hold first place in the West, the Suns find themselves at the bottom of the conference, losing their last 12 games. The Dubs have won their last 17 games against Phoenix, and they’ll look to extend that streak on Friday night in the desert.

LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors used a 49-point third quarter to pull away from the Spurs in a 141-102 victory on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. » Full Game Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW PHX
38-15 11-45
1st in West 15th in West
PTS: 119.1 (1st) PTS: 105.9 (24th)
REB: 46.6 (7th) REB: 39.8 (30th)
AST: 29.6 (1st) AST: 23.9 (17th)

LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins
PHX: Deandre Ayton, Dragan Bender, Mikal Bridges, Josh Jackson and Elie Okobo

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) is out. Team Notes
PHX: Devin Booker (right hamstring tightness) is questionable. De'Anthony Melton (right ankle sprain) and T.J. Warren (right ankle soreness) are out. Team Notes

DISHING IT OUT
The Dubs’ passing performance on Wednesday helped the squad record their 13th win in 14 games. In a third quarter spurt, the Warriors tallied 49 points, shooting 17-for-22 from the floor, including 5-for-7 from beyond the arc. All but one of the team’s made shots were assisted, marking a franchise record for assists in a single quarter (16). The 42 assists for the game were also an NBA season-high. The Warriors lead the league with an average of 29.6 assists per game, and they’ve been above average in that department in nine of their last 10 games. Whether or not they can keep that trend going will certainly be something to watch for on Friday night in Phoenix.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW PHX
PTS: Curry (28.9) PTS: Booker (24.9)
REB: Green (7.8) REB: Ayton (10.5)
AST: Green (7.3) AST: Booker (6.7)

PHOENIX SCOUTING REPORT
The Phoenix Suns sit at 11-45 this season, placing them at the bottom of the Western Conference. Although they’ve encountered some tough breaks, the Suns’ roster is young and athletic, including the number one pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Deandre Ayton, who’s averaging 16.4 points and 10.5 rebounds. Plus, forward Josh Jackson, who is only a year removed from his rookie season, has been on a roll, scoring 25-plus points in the last three games. With lingering hamstring pain, Phoenix may be without reigning three-point contest champion, Devin Booker, who leads the team with an average of 24.9 points and 6.7 assists. The team was active at the trade deadline and one of their moves landed them Tyler Johnson, a former Warriors Basketball Camp participant who averaged 11 points over 44 games this season with the Heat.

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