Phoenix Suns down Golden State Warriors
It was a regular old shootout in the desert as the Warriors came to town, but the Suns down Golden State 122-109 to pass them in the West standings for sixth place.
The Suns, now 30-20 on the season, were coming off two bad losses to Chicago and Houston and had to get back on the right track. Phoenix won each quarter, but the game was close going into the final period, where they outscored the Dubs 27-19 for the 13-point victory.
Goran Dragic was the hero as he scored a career-high 34 points on an incredibly, ridiculously efficient night from the floor. The Dragon only missed five shots all night. He missed a mere two two-pointers, one three-pointer and a pair of free-throws. Overall the Slovenian was 10-13 from the field, 6-7 from deep and 8-10 from the charity stripe. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough he tallied ten rebounds and a couple steals.
The coolest part of the game happened with under a minute left on the clock. Dragic waved off everyone else, took a couple steps back, continuing to dribble. He confidently waited ‘till the numbers had almost hit zero then stepped up and drained a high-arcing three to reach his career-high. Then in celebration, he turned to the crowd, pumping them up, telling them to bring the noise. The Dragon has arrived.
In light of Dragic’s production, Gerald Green’s 25 points fell by the wayside. The rest of the starters scored in double-figures but P.J. Tucker’s 16 point, 15 rebound and four steal stat line really jumps off the page.
On the Dubs side of the ball, All-Star starter Stephen Curry was just spectacular. He can pull up from just about anywhere and drain the shot, as displayed by his 28 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor. He also dished out nine assists.
Harrison Barnes scored 23 quiet points off the bench, while Klay Thompson finished with 17 points.
Phoenix were able to come out with the victory behind their hot shooting. As a team they shot 53.8 percent from the field, an incredible 52.4 percent from deep and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line.
The Suns now have until Tuesday to recuperate and study up for their final game before the All-Star break against the two-time defending champions.