Sometimes you lose games and sometimes you’re beaten. Tonight, the Golden State Warriors were beaten by the Phoenix Suns 122-109, who overtook them for sixth place in the Western Conference standings. The Suns were led by Goran Dragic who notched a career high of 34 points to go with 10 assists on a killer 10-for-13 from the field and 8-for-10 from the free throw line.
The absence of David Lee and Andrew Bogut, two of the Warriors’ best players in different respects was conspicuous tonight, as the Suns pounded the Dubs for a rebounding advantage of 45-34; the Warriors are one of the NBA’s best rebounding teams, but tonight, without two members of their starting frontcourt, they weren’t showing any resemblance of that.
Trailing for most of the game, the Warriors struggled to contain Phoenix on the defensive end. From Gerald Green, who finished with 25 points, to P.J. Tucker, who finished with 16, the Suns were pounding the Warriors on the inside and on the perimeter. They hit 11-of-21 3-pointers to go with 53 percent from the field, all while each of their starters scored 10 points or more.
You’re not going to beat a team when they’re doing things like this..
#Warriors were out-rebounded 45-34, out-shot 53.8% (52% on 3s) to 48.8% (32% on 3s) & out-scored 25-19 on FTs.
— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) February 9, 2014
In the second half, the Warriors shot around 50 percent, but still couldn’t find a way to put some defensive pressure on Phoenix. This was the story of the game.
On a couple occassions, the Warriors were lucky enough to take the lead, but Phoenix would respond with a couple of 3-pointers and just like that, it was once again a six-point game. With seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Warriors trailed the Suns by just two points, but Dragic and his fully loaded squad put on an offensive show and didn’t stop there.
Again, sometimes a team wins and sometimes a team is beaten: today was one of those nights where a team was beaten. Unfortunately for the Warriors, neither Stephen Curry‘s 28 points nor Birthday Boy Klay Thompson‘s 17 was enough to get the Warriors out of the woods.