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Suns final score: Warriors beat Suns, 107-92

The Suns fell to 3-3 in the preseason as the Bogut and Curry-less Warriors' balanced scoring and hot shooting carried them to victory over Phoenix.

This is for you Scott Howard.
This is for you Scott Howard.

The Suns' starters played more than a lot of us expected, but it didn't matter as the Warriors' hot shooting was too much for Phoenix to keep pace with.

The Warriors made seemingly every open jump shot they took and finished shooting 57 percent from the field, including 50 percent from behind the arc. On the other end, the Suns only shot 46 percent and 32 percent from deep. But the biggest disparity came at the line, where the Warriors shot twice as many free throws than the Suns (28 to 14) and converted 10 more (17 to 7).

The Warriors were led by a combined 32 points and 12 rebounds from David Lee and rookie Harrison Barnes. Jarrett Jack pitched in 13 points and a game-high nine assists, while Carl Landry and Klay Thompson scored 13 and 12 respectively.

For the Suns, Marcin Gortat finished the game perfect from the field and free-throw line en route to a 19 and 10 double-double, by far his best performance of the preseason so far. Luis Scola added 16 points, three assists and two rebounds, while Markieff Morris came off the bench to score 15 points on 6-11 shooting and also hauled in seven rebounds. Goran Dragic was fairly passive yet again and finished with 8 points and six assists.

For the second straight game, the Suns started slow and the Warriors jumped out to a 9-2 lead early. But the Suns starters got it together and fought their way back on the backs of the starting frontcourt of Scola and Gortat, ultimately finishing the first quarter with a 28-25 lead.

However, the bench struggled mightily to get anything going in the second quarter. The Warrriors took control with a 30-18 scoring edge in the period and never looked back. The Suns actually won the third quarter, but only cut the deficit by one before the Warriors reasserted control in the fourth period. The Suns just couldn't get any stops.

The Suns had a slight edge in rebounds, points in the paint and turnovers, but the free-throw disparity coupled with the poor defense by the Suns was the difference in the game.

Quick hits:

  • Luke Zeller was the only one of the three bigs hoping to make the roster to make an appearance tonight, and if he hadn't already played himself off the team he probably did in this game; 0-3 with one rebound and one foul in a full quarter's worth of action.
  • Diante Garrett got in the game as well, although he played much better. Garrett recorded two points and two assists in less than five minutes of playing time alongside Kendall Marshall. I continue to hope the Suns find a way to keep him in the organization.
  • Beasley, Brown, Johnson and O'Neal combined to go 6-26 with a whole lot of bad shots. Not good.

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