One game down, 81 to go. The Suns dropped their first game of the season at the U.S Airways center to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday evening 87-85. The Suns were led by Luis Scola who recorded 15 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals; Goran Dragic added 17 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds. The Warriors were led by their bench as the Warriors bench scored 46 of their 87 points.
The Suns and Warriors came out the gates firing but ultimately it was the Warriors who stretched a 4 point lead at the end of the 1st quarter to a 17 point lead at the 6:37 mark during the 2nd quarter after going on a 21-8 run that was ignited by the play of Warrior’s swingman Brandon Rush who scored 9 points during that stretch including a thunderous slam over Marcin Gortat.
However the Suns responded with a 13-2 run to close out the 2nd quarter and trailed only 42-48 heading into halftime. The Suns did tremendous job on the defensive end against the Warriors holding them to 38.4% shooting; holding Warrior stars Stephen Curry and David Lee to a combined 11 points on 4-30 shooting; credits to Sebastian Telfair and Goran Dragic for their hounding defense on Curry making life absolutely miserable from him all evening.
Marcin Gortat played with a great toughness all night; the kind of toughness that the Suns haven’t seen enough from him. Gortat dominated the defensive end blocking 5 shots and on the other end, grabbing 3 offensive rebounds. The Suns outscored the Warriors 25-17 in the 3rd quarter to take a 67-65 heading into the 4th.
The Suns came into the 4th quarter fired up as Markieff Morris picked up a technical foul after an argument with David Lee. The Suns led the Warriors 74-66 with 8:41 left after Shannon Brown nailed a technical free throw.
Brown would then commit a charge after the technical free throw and Curry capitalized on the other end drilling a 3-pointer and the Warriors would go on to tie the game after a Carl Landry dunk with 5:32 minutes left in the 4th; Landry scored 17 points in the game, Klay Thompson added 16 points and 8 rebounds.
P.J Tucker had himself one hell of a 4th quarter scoring 10 points but the Suns ultimately felt short to the Warriors as Carl Landry goes on to score 6 of the Warriors final 11 points. Jared Dudley missed two big 3-pointers down the stretch that were clean looks but just didn’t go in; Scola also missed a jumper with 1:08 left in the 4th that would’ve given the Suns a 1 point lead.
The Suns played very well Wednesday night despite not getting the victory, coming back from 17 down to nearly win the game. This Suns squad played competitive all night, and showed a lot of toughness against a good Warriors team which is a positive sign.