Phoenix C-Team spoils Stephen Curry’s comeback!
Despite missing six key players (Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Cam Johnson…), the Suns got off to the best start thanks to former Warrior Damion Lee. He scored 8 points on 100% shooting to help his team outscore their opponents 12-0 in the first quarter despite a hot play by Klay Thompson (33-26).
Damion Lee and Duane Washington Jr. lacking the intensity and toughness of Golden State with a returning but rusty Stephen Curry.
The Warriors now have nine turnovers and a new 10-0 Suns lead to +17 (53-36) in front of a stunned Chase Center! The Warriors are still able to stop the bleeding at halftime (59-44).
Nothing has changed when he comes back from the locker room and Phoenix is off to a 5-0 start. The fighters enter and their awkwardness allows Sun to rest. Dario Saric and Mikal Bridges punish from distance and the gap reaches 27 units (92-65)!
Although some fans began to dare to boo their players, better defense and especially the awakening of Jordan Poole, who scored 17 points late in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter, kept hope alive (100-86).
In the process, Stephen Curry confirms a 3-pointer impulse Warriors, but refs foul on Andre Iguodal on mobile screen. Steve Kerr calls for a video call, but the referee’s decision stands.
Stephen Curry could catch fire to lead Golden State to within six points, with the Warriors too far gone to hope to turn things around. Mikal Bridges and Damion Lee secure a well-deserved win for Phoenix. A feat that allowed the Warriors to climb back into the Western Conference standings.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– Small Suns, but with teeth. The Suns appeared on the Chase Center floor without Devin Booker, Chris Paul, DeAndre Ayton, Cameron Payne, Landry Shamet and Cameron Johnson! Or six of the seven key players in their rotation. While we can expect an easy match for the Warriors, who have reinstated Stephen Curry and their starting five, Monty Williams’ men played more willing, more intense and tougher than their opponent. They simplified their defensive game plans and Golden State’s offense lost momentum through 40 minutes.
– Fighters, their heads are under water. After the non-match against Orlando, everyone was waiting for a reaction from the Warriors, who celebrated the return of Stephen Curry. Against the Magic, they were content to drive around the 3-point line and shoot from long range. Never in rhythm, they continued to play down the stretch to end the game with 17 turnovers and 20 rebounds to give their opponent 36 points and their third straight loss at home.
– Damion Lee gets the championship ring. Damion Lee, returning to San Francisco for the first time since leaving the Warriors this summer, received a standing ovation from the Chase Center and his championship ring from his brother-in-law, Stephen Curry. The former Warrior marked the occasion by scoring 8 of his 22 points in the first quarter to lift the Suns into orbit.
✅ Mikal bridges. Without Chris Paul and Devin Booker, he became the Suns’ primary pass rusher and creator. That night, he excelled in that role, finishing with 26 points, nine rebounds, five assists and a pair of late game-clinching baskets.
✅ Dario Saric – Damion Lee – Duane Washington Jr. 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the Croatian. 22 points for the former Warrior. 21 points and 5 assists for the third leader. All three players were very valuable to Monty Williams
✅ Clay Thompson. Only the Warrior survived the opening minutes, the “Leaping Brother” scored 14 of his 29 points in the first quarter, and he is the only player from Golden State to complete the game.
✅⛔ Jordan Poole-Stephen Curry. The two goalscorer was transparent for 3/4 of the match before igniting in the final 15 minutes. Jordan Poole scored 23 of 25 points there, and Stephen Curry, who was out of rhythm, scored 16 of 24 points in the last quarter. He finished the game with 5/15 from distance.
⛔ Andrew Wiggins. Against Orlando, the Warriors winger looked off the pace. He turned up the intensity in the final quarter, but his 5-of-15 shooting was spotty.
Golden State (20-21) : travel to San Antonio on Friday to start a five-game road trip.
Phoenix (21-21): back-to-back trip to Denver tonight.