With All-Star Stephen Curry playing limited minutes because of a strained quad, the Golden State Warriors dug a big first-half hole for themselves before climbing out of it with a huge third period en route to a 113-107 win over the Phoenix Suns Sunday at Oracle Arena.
The Suns went up 34-22 early in the second period, but the Warriors rallied to close to within 61-56 at the half.
Golden State erupted in the third quarter, though, holding Phoenix to 5-of-16 shooting and forcing seven turnovers while lighting up the nets with a 16-for-22 shooting performance. Klay Thompson scored 13 in the quarter and David Lee added 10 as the Warriors led by 16, 94-78, at the quarter break.
They pushed the lead to 18 early in the fourth quarter before the Suns clawed their way back into the game, getting as close as four points in the final minute. The Warriors made it dicey, as Andre Iguodala and Steve Blake combined to miss four straight free throws, but the Suns committed two turnovers and missed a 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds left that allowed Golden State to secure its fourth straight win.
The Warriors are 9-2 since the All-Star break and are a season-best 16 games over .500 at 40-24. The Suns dropped into an eighth-place tie with the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference with the loss.
Lee led the Warriors with 26 points and nine rebounds, Thompson scored 22 points and Curry had 18 points and dished nine assists in 30 minutes. Draymond Green came off the bench for 13 points and Iguodala had four steals. Gerald Green scored 25 points for the Suns, Goran Dragic had 24 points and six assists, Channing Frye tossed in 16 points, Marcus Morris had 11, P.J. Tucker finished with 11 points and nine rebounds and Markieff Morris notched 10 points.
Phoenix was 36-for-75 (48 percent) overall, 10-for-21 (47.6 percent) from 3-point range and 25-for-28 (89.3 percent) from the foul line. Golden State was 45-for-85 (52.9 percent), 10-for-22 (45.5 percent) and 13-for-21 (61.9 percent).
The Warriors are now 13-3 this season when shooting 50 percent or better in a game.
The Suns had a 41-35 edge on the glass, but turned the ball over 20 times, leading to 20 Warrior points. Phoenix got 13 points off 12 Golden State miscues.
The Warriors are home again on Tuesday, hosting the Dallas Mavericks at 7:30 p.m.
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