Feb 8, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) defends Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) during the second quarter at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Dragic Drops Career High 34 As Suns Top Warriors

Feb 8, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) congratulates forward P.J Tucker (17) after making a shot against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

After two straight poor performances, the Suns needed to get back on track Saturday when they hosted the Warriors and their All-Star sharpshooter Steph Curry. They would send fans home satisfied, beating the Warriors 122-109. The Warriors frontcourt was depleted, with both Andrew Bogut and David Lee injured. This allowed the Suns to crush the Warriors on the glass, who were outrebounded 45-34 by the Suns. The Suns also played solid defense and did not trail by more than two points for the entire game.

The Suns, who had recently been struggling from behind the arc, shot 11-21 from long range. This was a big reason for their success, as it is a very commonly used offensive weapon in  the Suns arsenal. It no longer seemed like they were chucking up shots to try to compensate for weak defense or poor rebounding. They played smart, and when they do that, they are tough to beat.

All five of the Suns starters scored in double figures. Goran Dragic led the Suns again, scoring a career-high 34 points. He had 31 in the final 40 seconds, and let off a three wth the shot clock expiring to exceeded his previous high of 33. He also put up his sixth double-double by adding 10 assists. He put up those 34 on a wildly efficient 10-13 from the floor, 6-7 from deep, and 8-10 from the charity stripe. Gerald Green stayed close behind, adding 25 points and a couple of his exciting dunks. When Green and Dragic are working in conjunction like this, it is nearly impossible to slow the Suns offense. P.J. Tucker also had an impressive night, adding 16 points, 15 rebounds, and four steals.

On the other end, Steph Curry had a cold night shooting 3-10 from deep, but still managed to drop 28 points and nine dimes. Sophmore Harrison Barnes added 23 for Golden State.

The Suns improve to 30-20, and are 2-1 against the Dubs. They currently sit half a game above the Warriors for the sixth spot in the West, making this a crucial win. Coming u next, the Suns host King James and the defending champion Miami Heat.

 

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