On Tuesday night, Phoenix defeated the Golden State Warriors 125-113 to defeat them for the third time this season and end a season-worst six-game losing streak. Mikal Bridges had averaged 26 points, nine rebounds, and five assists, and the undermanned Suns dominated Stephen Curry’s comeback.
In a pregame ceremony, Curry’s brother-in-law presented Damion Lee with his championship ring. Lee defeated his former team, scoring 22 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Over the final 1:13 seconds, he made six free throws, making 14 of his total attempts.
Washington, Duane Jr. Torrey Craig had 12 points and 14 rebounds for a strong Phoenix team that was missing six of the eight rotation regulars and four of the five starters. Torrey Craig had 12 and 14 rebounds, and Dario Saric scored 21 points and added 19 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.
Curry scored 24 points on 8-for-22 shooting after returning from an 11-game absence due to a partially dislocated left shoulder. Klay Thompson scored 29 points, making six three-pointers, including 4 in the first quarter alone. With 1:28 left, Jordan Poole’s 3-pointer brought the score down to 117-111; he finished with 27 points.
The reigning NBA Finals MVP could not overcome a Phoenix team playing without injured stars Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Chris Paul, and Cameron Johnson, despite Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s observation that “to go 6-5 without Steph is an accomplishment.”. The Suns dominated the first two meetings in the desert, winning 134-105 and 130-119.
Following a season-high five-game winning streak, the Warriors have dropped their last three games, capping an eight-game homestand that was also the longest in franchise history.
Andre Iguodala was dismissed with 4:30 remaining in his second game of the season. But the defending champions’ starting lineup was back together for the first time in a few weeks.
The Warriors lost their second straight home game to the Magic on Saturday night, 115-101, as Thompson was a late scratch due to soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. They must now travel once more to improve their 3-16 record away from Chase Center.