NBA: Suns lose tough game to Golden State
The Suns (36-26) couldn’t muster up the comeback that they needed on Sunday night against the Warriors (40-24), losing 113-107.
The Suns held a 61-56 lead going into halftime, but the Warriors came out strong in the 3rd. A Golden State 16-0 run from the 7:07 mark to the 3:12 mark in the quarter pushed their lead to 96-78 and they would not squander that lead.
The game became interesting in the fourth quarter however when the Suns began to trim the Warriors lead bit-by-bit. The Warriors missed six consecutive free throws in the final minute, allowing Phoenix multiple chances to chip away at a four point lead, but sloppy play and forced shots got them no where, eventually losing by six.
The Warriors extended their winning streak to four games behind a big performance by David Lee. Lee had 26 points and 9 rebounds. Klay Thompson also added 22 points.
Stephen Curry (quad) score under 20 points for the fourth consecutive game, but oddly the Warriors have won each of those games. Curry finished with 18 points and 9 assists. His minutes were limited in the game due to a strained quad.
Gerald Green led the team in scoring again, this time dropping 25 points with 6 rebounds. Goran Dragic scored 24 points with 6 assists. Dragic was torching Curry on the offensive end before the Warriors switched up their defensive matchups, having Curry guard Ish Smith and Harrison Barnes guarding Dragic.
The Suns will have to turn the ship around quickly as they face the Clippers tonight in Los Angeles.
Phoenix and LA will tip off at 7:30 MT from Staples Center.
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