An NBA game between two exciting offenses is always fun. When those offenses are led by the backcourts of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe, and Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, the fun just increases by orders of magnitude. These two pairs and their teams squared off in Phoenix Sunday night, with the Suns beating the Warriors 106-102.
It was another game where the Suns went from huge lead to up just one point. The Warriors last lead was 13-12, and they never led by more than two. The Sums biggest lead was 13, though Golden State pressed the Suns to play hard in crunch time late in the game. The chips fell the Suns way, however, as they held on for the W.
The Suns have loved to run teams out of U.S. Airways Center this season. In this game, they were faced with a team who matched their pace blow for blow. The Warriors outrebounded the Suns 50-45, and both teams had 12 fast break points. On the plus side, the Suns won the turnover battle. They had only 12, while Golden State had 20.
In the duel of the starting backcourts, the Warriors narrowly won. Curry and Thompson put up 49 points, while Bledsoe and Dragic put up 45. Bledsoe flirted with a triple-double, with 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. Goran Dragic put up 21 points, including 4-4 from deep, four dimes and four steals. The third member of the 20 point club was Channing Frye, who put up 20 points on 5-7 from behind the arc.
The final piece to the Suns victory was Miles Plumlee, who made key defensive plays in the fourth to prevent the Warriors from taking a lead. He put up six points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks.
After the game, coach Jeff Hornacek addressed a major issue with the Suns of late: free throws. The Suns missed 11 free-throws in this game, but were lucky because the Dubs missed ten. That’s the major area the Suns have to improve to keep their win streak alive.
The Suns improve to 14-9, including being 8-3 on their home court and having a five game win streak. They return to action to improve that home record on Wednesday to take on the Spurs. It’s not too late to get your Phoenix Suns tickets for Wednesday night’s tilt so make sure to do that now!