The Golden State Warriors shattered their six-game losing streak after rallying late in the fourth to defeat the Phoenix Suns 108-98 on Wednesday night.
“That’s too long to go in between wins,” Stephen Curry said. “Hopefully, that’s the last little slide we go on this year.”
Klay Thompson led the Warriors with an imposing 28 points and eight rebounds. Curry added to the victory with 20 points and 11 rebounds. David Lee narrowly followed with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Coming off the bench, Jarrett Jack closed the game with 21 points.
“This is a game we should have won and we did win,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “And I like the fashion in which we did it.”
Goran Dragic repeated Tuesday’s impressive performance with 20 points and 10 assists. Despite the loss, Jermaine O’Neal also contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds off the bench.
“We’re trying to create a mentality here. We’re trying to learn how to be a good team,” O’Neal said. “To fight and keep coming back, that’s what you want. The next step is how do you keep that fight and get over the hump? That’s the thing we’re learning as a group now.”
It may not have been the prettiest start, but the Suns held their own being down only 33-26 to the Warriors. Dragic and his fiery 10-point, 5-assist start certainly had something to do with this initial seven point differential. Still, the scoreboard did not telegraph some of the finer details of the first quarter. For instance, Golden State shot 74 percent from the field, whereas Phoenix shot a mere 42 percent. Yet these stats proved to be relatively inconsequential heading into the second quarter.
The Suns trailed 57-49 by the end of the second quarter. Thompson led both teams in scoring with 21 points in the first half. Curry also closed the quarter with the game-high eight of the Warriors 19 assists. Conversely, Dragic continued to lead the Suns with 13 points and six assists.
The third quarter somehow seemed to flip a number of game stats in favor of the Suns. Phoenix closed the third quarter shooting 49 percent from the field and 57 percent from the 3-point line. The Warriors, on the other hand, shot 48 percent from field goal range and 47 percent from beyond the arc. Ironically, the one thing that didn’t change was the scoreboard as the Suns remained behind 85-76 entering the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter featured an inspiring 7-0 scoring run by the Suns with 4:17 left in the game. Unfortunately for Phoenix, Curry drained a clutch 3-pointer less than a minute later that appeared to shut the proverbial door on the Suns.
“When you’re playing uphill, you almost have to play perfect to come out with a win on the road against a good team,” Suns coach Lindsey Hunter said. “And we were far from perfect. We fought at times, and then there were times when we resorted back to not doing the things that we want to do.”
The Warriors closed the game shooting 50 percent from the 3-point line and 48 percent from the field. The team accounted for a total of 44 rebounds, 29 assists, 17 fast break points, six steals and six blocks.
Phoenix finished the game in a similar fashion after shooting 53 percent from the 3-point line and 48 percent from the field. The Suns totaled 41 rebounds, 28 assists, 10 fast break points, seven steals and eight blocks.
In spite of the two teams’ relatively comparable statistics, the Suns were unable to translate those numbers onto the win column. This marks the Suns fifth straight loss vs. the Warriors.