Elfrid Payton came to play for the Phoenix Suns, but his teammates might as well have stayed on the bus. The Golden State Warriors outscored Phoenix 104-59 over the final three quarters after a slow start and led by as many as 46 points en route to an easy 129-83 victory.
Payton was a force to be reckoned with in the 1st half for the Suns. He of the Pipeline-inspired hair scored 16 of Phoenix’s first 18 points and had 20 points at halftime on 9-of-10 shooting. He finished with 29 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.
Unfortunately, he didn’t receive any help. While Payton had 20 points at halftime, the next highest scorer for Phoenix was Tyson Chandler with six. T.J. Warren didn’t score his first points until hitting a contested jumper over Kevin Durant with 1:20 left in the 2nd quarter, and both he and Josh Jackson had two points going into the 2nd half. Warren finished with 14 points on 6-of-18 shooting. Jackson had eight points on 4-of-18 shooting. Dragan Bender was silenced as well, scoring just three points in 30 minutes. The Suns definitely missed Devin Booker, who missed his fourth straight game with his left hip pointer.
For the Warriors, Stephen Curry scored 22 points, Durant had 17 points, and Omri Casspi — starting for the injured Draymond Green — had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The Suns allowed the Warriors to shoot 58.4 percent from the field and rack up 36 assists. By contrast, the Suns shot 34.7 percent, including 3 of 23 from 3, and had 13 assists.