PHOENIX — — Devin Booker stepped again for a 3-pointer within the closing minute of the third quarter as Golden State’s Stephen Curry gamely tried to stick with him, placing a hand in his face. Booker made the shot anyway as a pissed off Curry dropped his head.
No matter what number of factors the Warriors celebrity scored, the Suns got here proper again with a solution.
Cameron Payne had a profession-excessive 29 factors, Booker added 27 and Phoenix simply overcame Curry’s 50-level night time to beat struggling Golden State 130-119 on Wednesday. All 5 Suns starters scored in double figures.
“It’s essential to have a workforce,” Booker stated concerning the balanced manufacturing. “That provides you longevity and can get us by a season.”
The Suns managed many of the sport regardless of Curry’s scoring. The eight-time All-Star made 17 of 28 pictures, going 7 of 11 from 3-level vary.
The drawback for the Warriors was that no one else was serving to. Klay Thompson completed with 19 factors however shot simply 6 of 17. The Warriors — defending NBA champions — fell to six-9 for the season, together with 0-8 on the street.
Curry did not have a lot to say about his 50 factors, as a substitute specializing in the workforce’s struggles.
“Losing turns into a behavior when you do not repair it,” Curry stated. “We prevented that for a really very long time. We are very conscious of who we’re and our potential. The dropping does get outdated actually shortly.”
Said Warriors coach Steve Kerr: “I feel for proper now, we’re simply scattered. It’s a pickup sport. It’s a pickup sport on the market.”
Curry’s scoring prowess is anticipated, however it was countered by the most effective video games of Payne’s profession. Starting instead of the injured Chris Paul, the 6-foot-3 guard made 9 of 17 pictures, together with 6 of 10 from past the arc.
Coach Monty Williams praised Payne’s play but additionally criticized the guard’s late-sport selections, together with choosing up a flagrant foul.
“Cam can rating the ball and he had seven assists to go along with it,” Williams stated. “But in closing moments, he needs to be higher. We do not want all that silliness on the finish of video games.”
The Suns led 103-89 going into the fourth quarter. The Warriors shortly reduce into that margin however couldn’t get nearer than eight factors. Damion Lee hit again-to-again 3-pointers towards his former workforce to maintain the Suns comfortably forward.
The Suns shot 21 of 40 (52.5%) from 3-level vary and had 33 assists. Mikal Bridges had 23 factors and a profession-excessive 9 assists. Torrey Craig added 13 factors and 10 rebounds.
HOT FIRST HALF
It was a frenetic first half with each groups capturing very properly — significantly behind the arc. The Suns led 72-65 on the break, with Curry scoring 31 factors. Payne had 18 for the Suns and Booker had 16.
Curry was at his greatest within the first half, making 10 of 13 pictures from the sphere, together with 4 of 5 3-pointers. The two-time MVP got here into the sport averaging about 31 factors per sport and hit that mark with a free throw close to the tip of the second quarter.
“Steph goes to have Steph moments,” Williams stated.
The Warriors had been mainly at full power whereas the Suns had been lacking two injured starters — Paul and Cam Johnson — and a key reserve in Landry Shamet.
The two groups had been taking part in once more a little bit greater than three weeks after the Suns beat the Warriors by almost 30 factors. That sport was notable for seven technical fouls and a verbal spat between Booker and Thompson that finally resulted in Thompson’s first profession ejection.
Warriors: Kevon Looney scored 10 factors within the first half on 5 of 5 capturing. … Curry was referred to as for a technical within the third quarter. … Curry handed Mitch Richmond for forty ninth on the NBA profession scoring listing.
Suns: Paul (proper heel soreness), Shamet (concussion) and Johnson (proper meniscus tear) didn’t play. … Debuted particular blue City Edition uniforms as a part of an evening to honor Arizona’s Tribal Nations. … The workforce was referred to as for a technical foul within the first half after getting referred to as for 2 delays of video games. … Hosted their thirty fourth consecutive sellout crowd.
Warriors: Host New York on Friday night time.
Suns: At Utah on Friday night time.
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