The Phoenix Suns were the team that was supposed to be tired after coming off a back-to-back, but the Golden State Warriors were the ones sleepwalking through the game. Unfortunately for Phoenix, the Warriors woke up too soon.
The Suns used a 19-7 run by the bench to turn a Golden State lead entering the 4th quarter into a 111-106 Phoenix lead with 6:15 left to play. The Suns couldn’t absorb the Warriors’ counterpunch, though, which saw them run off an 18-4 surge of their own over the next 3:36 to seize control of an eventual 133-120 win that moved the Warriors to 8-2 while dropping Phoenix to 3-8.
The Suns, who surrender a league-worst 113.9 points per game, allowed a season-high 133 points to the Warriors, who shot 48.5 percent (16 of 33) from 3-point range and 51.7 percent overall. Phoenix just didn’t have an answer for the Warriors’ top three scorers, with Stephen Curry scoring 20 of his 30 points in the 1st half. Klay Thompson scored 24 of his 30 points in the 2nd half. Durant had 29 points. With all three feeling good, the Suns had too many fires to put out.
Phoenix shot 51.1 percent themselves, with Eric Bledsoe and T.J. Warren leading Phoenix with 20 points apiece. Devin Booker added 19 points, with 13 of those coming in the 3rd quarter. And let us not forget Marquese Chriss’ putback dunk that sent Alan Williams into a tizzy on the bench.
Phoenix’s bench outscored the Warriors’ bench 48-26.