Well talk about an encore, the Phoenix Suns(16-32) fell to the Golden State Warriors(30-17) last night by the final score of 113 – 93. It’s an encore given the fact that just two nights ago, the Phoenix Suns lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the same fashion, the fashion of a second half collapse.
“They came out hard, they throw the first punch and we were kind of soft out there,” Dragic said in regards to the second half. “That’s the first thing we gotta work on. Certain players just played soft today. Usually their nature is playing hard but on certain people we just can’t help it anymore. We made a lot of mistakes today. We didn’t share the ball, we held the ball for too long again and tried to create on our own.”
The Suns got outscored in the second half by the Warriors 65 – 41. The Suns got absolutely torched by the Warriors Stephen Curry who dropped 29 points on the Suns, including six three-pointers; Curry also dished out eight assists. The Warriors starting lineup absolutely demolished the Suns. The Warriors starting five alone outscored the Suns collectively as a team 94-93.
“Those guards are snipers and if you make any mistake defensively they make you pay,” Said Suns coach Lindsey Hunter. “They made us pay. Those guys shot the lights out.”
This Phoenix Suns had an extremely tough night shooting the basketball, shooting less than 41% from the field. Michael Beasley ended up scoring 24 points for the Suns, but it took him 23 shot attempts to do it.
The Warriors also got tremendous contribution from rookie Harrison Barnes who scored 21 points, pulled down eight rebounds and made 9 of his 11 shot attempts.
“Not enough credit goes to Barnes,” Jackson said. “Here’s a rookie who is playing a huge role in us being 13 games over .500. He is competing.”
Golden State torched the Suns offensively as the Warriors shot nearly 51% from the field, and made 9 of 19 attempts from downtown. The Warriors did a great job sharing the basketball recording a season high 34 assists as a team and had four players record seven or more assists in a single game for the first time in franchise history as David Lee, Stephen Curry, Jarrett Jack, and Klay Thompson all dished out seven assists or more.
The Phoenix Suns has a tough stretch coming up as they will play the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday, the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday, the Suns will then play the Oklahoma City Thunder back-to-back once in Oklahoma City then again back in Phoenix and afterwords the Suns will travel to Los Angeles to take on the Los Angeles Lakers before heading into the All-Star break.