Warriors shake off rough start, roll past Suns
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 02, 2018 10:51 AM
Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) goes up for a dunk against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
By Michael Wagaman, Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant had 29 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and the Golden State Warriors overcame a sloppy start to beat Phoenix 117-107 on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time), handing the Suns their franchise-record 15th consecutive loss.
Draymond Green added 13 points and 12 assists, Klay Thompson scored 23 points and Quinn Cook had 19 points for Golden State. The Warriors have won two straight since dropping four of five.
Golden State's victory was the 263rd under coach Steve Kerr, tying him for third-most in franchise history. Al Attles (557) and Don Nelson (422) hold the top two spots.
Hours before the game, the Warriors received encouraging word on injured guard Pat McCaw, who was released from a Sacramento hospital with a bruised lumbar spine following a terrifying fall during Saturday's (Sunday, PHL time) game against the Kings.
McCaw was able to leave UC Davis Medical Center and was walking after undergoing a series of tests. He is scheduled to be re-examined by a specialist Thursday (Friday, PHL time).
"Just a huge relief," Kerr said. "Scariest thing I've ever experienced on a basketball floor for sure."
Golden State had all sorts of problems in the first half. The Warriors committed three turnovers in the first 74 seconds and repeatedly allowed the Suns to drive unimpeded to the hoop and take open shots from the perimeter.
Kerr's club began turning things around late in the second quarter shortly after Suns' two-way player Danuel House pump-faked past Nick Young, threw the ball off the backboard then grabbed it and dunked.
Trailing 59-58 at halftime, the Warriors outscored the Suns 36-18 in the third to move in front for good.
Green had eight points, including a pair of triples, as part of a 25-6 run. Durant, Thompson and Quinn Cook also sank shots outside the arc during the streak.
Phoenix couldn't keep up and fell to an NBA-worst 19-59.
Marquese Chriss and Josh Jackson scored 22 points apiece for the Suns, who last won on Feb. 28 and have dropped 25 of 26.
Suns: Devin Booker (right hand sprain), Elfrid Payton (left knee tendinopathy), Alex Len (left ankle sprain) and T.J. Warren (left knee inflammation) were held out.
Warriors: Golden State last lost to the Suns on Nov. 9, 2014 in Phoenix. ... Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) and Omri Casspi (sprained right ankle) did not play. ... The Warriors finished March with a 7-7 record, ending their run of 32 consecutive months with a winning record that was the third-longest in NBA history.
Warriors: Play at Oklahoma City on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Suns: Host the Kings on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).