Mar 9, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) dribbles the ball next to Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Suns 113-107. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Third Quarter Collapse Doom Suns in Loss to Warriors

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Mar 9, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) prepares to pass the ball away from Phoenix Suns center Miles Plumlee (22) and forward P.J. Tucker (17) in the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Suns 113-107. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Suns took two days off before heading to California to take on the Warriors, with whom they have forged a exciting rivalry this season. The Suns looked like the favorites early, but they would end up losing 113-107.

The Suns utterly fell apart in the third quarter, after going in with a halftime lead of 61-56. They allowed a 23-4 run, including 16 straight points by the Warriors They were outscored 38-17 in that quarter, and even a 29-19 fourth quarter by the Suns was not enough.

The Suns defense maintained a recent struggling streak, allowing the Warriors to shoot 53 percent from the floor and score 50 points in the paint. Hopefully the return of Eric Bledsoe, which is scheduled for Wednesday vs the Cavs, will help correct that. If the Suns hope to make the playoffs, that is something they will need to fix. The Suns also had nineteen turnovers. They had nine in the first half, but several came from offensive fouls.

Gerald Green followed up a career night with 25 points and six rebounds His time as a starter is still not over, as Bledsoe will likely come off the bench as he readjusts. It will be interesting to see how Green manages when he is moved to a more limited role. Goran Dragic was right behind with 24 points and six assists. The Morris twins helped provide some help off the bench, combining for 21 points and nine boards.

Miles Plumlee return from injury, coming off the bench. He started 59 games before injuring his knee. He is someone else the Suns would like back at full capacity as soon as possible, because his interior presents is something the Suns desperately need.

The Suns are now tied with Memphis at 36-25. Given the Grizzlies lead in the series, the Suns currently sit out of the playoff picture. Hopefully they can pull of a win tomorrow when they visit Staples Center to take on the Clippers

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