NBA: Suns vs. Warriors a.k.a. “First to 140 points”
The Suns (36-25) begin a stretch of five games out of six on the road tonight against the red-hot Golden State Warriors (39-24).
Phoenix took down the best team in the Western Conference, Oklahoma City, on Thursday night in stunning fashion. The Suns were trailing 96-80 with 3:47 left in the third before putting together a 21-2 run to end the quarter to take the lead. Gerald Green scored a career-high 41 points in the game, including 25 points in the third quarter alone.
The Warriors come in on a three-game winning streak after taking down the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. In that game Stephen Curry (averaging 23.4ppg and 8.7apg) went 1-3 on three-point shot attempts, while scoring 13 points and assisting on 7 of his teammates’ buckets.
Klay Thompson left Friday night’s game (lower back strain), but is expected to play tonight against Phoenix. Thompson has not missed a game in his NBA career (221 games).
Eric Bledsoe (knee) is very close to returning. Earlier in the week it was reported that tonight’s game or tomorrow night’s game against the Clippers would be potential targets for his return, but it is looking more like next Wednesday’s tilt to be the return date.
Phoenix has won two of three in the season series thus far, with the home team coming away victorious in each contest.
Phoenix comes in averaging 105.5ppg (6th in NBA) and Golden State averages 103.4ppg (10th in NBA). Golden State also only gives up 98.6ppg (7th in NBA).
Phoenix and Golden State tip off at 6:00 p.m. MT at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
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