Now the Phoenix Suns understand what it's like to be that lonely farmhouse out in the middle of Tornado Alley. They held it together for a quarter and a half, but that was an EF5 bearing down on them.
Phoenix led 42-38 with 4:59 left in the 2nd quarter on a Brandon Knight jump shot. The Golden State Warriors proceeded to go on a 21-4 run to close out the 1st half, but the worst was yet to come. The Warriors outscored Phoenix 30-13 over the first seven minutes of the 3rd quarter, and by the time the buzzer sounded on the period, the Suns were staring down a 40-point deficit after Klay Thompson scored 27 of his game-high 43 points in the quarter. Golden State scored 46 points in the 3rd as a team, which is the most in a single quarter by any team in the NBA this season.
The game started out promising for Phoenix, with the Suns leading 28-26 after the 1st quarter as the Warriors showed some rust from their long layoff. The bench held down the fort in the 2nd quarter as well, with Mirza Teletovic (11 1st half points) and T.J. Warren (10) doing their best to keep the Warriors at arm's length. But Thompson and Stephen Curry (25 points) simply would not be denied as they pushed the Warriors to 25-1 on the strength of their 128-103 victory.
Just to show what kind of night it was for Phoenix, Devin Booker missed all three of his 3-point attempts while Ronnie Price converted a 4-point play.