SAN FRANCISCO — The Phoenix Suns‘ franchise file 18-game profitable streak is over. Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors made certain of that by knocking off the Suns 118-96 on Friday evening at Chase Heart.
Nonetheless, because the streak got here to an finish, Suns coach Monty Williams expressed delight in the best way his group carried itself over the previous month of the season.
“I feel each win is particular,” Williams stated after the loss, which introduced the Suns’ file to 19-4, second-best within the NBA behind the Warriors. “To me, it was the collective focus that we have had all through this season, not simply the streak. It is solely been 23 video games, proper? So there’s plenty of basketball to be performed, however once we had been 1-3 or no matter it was, there was no panic or ‘What are we doing?’ We simply type of hung in there and simplified some issues and performed good basketball.
“And I nonetheless suppose we’re taking part in good basketball. We arguably performed one of the best workforce within the league tonight, them or us. We’re not fairly certain who it’s. It is good to be in that class.”
As ordinary, it was Curry who set the tone for the now 19-3 Warriors, ending with 23 factors, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to precise some revenge for a poor efficiency in Tuesday’s loss during which he went simply 4-for-21 from the sphere and had a tricky time shaking Suns guard Mikal Bridges.
Curry additionally drilled six 3-pointers, leaving him simply 28 away from passing Corridor of Famer Ray Allen on the high of the all-time 3-point listing. He admitted that it was good to snap the Suns’ streak after the best way Phoenix took out the Warriors on Tuesday.
“Sure, as a result of we misplaced to them already,” Curry stated. “You don’t need them to come back into your constructing and hold that streak going. Clearly, it doesn’t suggest a lot however simply our nineteenth win, however it’s good to guard your private home court docket. One thing’s acquired to provide, and we have had a extremely good house file and good streak going ourselves on this constructing, so we would somewhat hold ours going than let theirs stay.”
Other than Curry’s ordinary brilliance and 19 factors from beginning swingman Andrew Wiggins, the Warriors picked up an enormous raise from a bench that racked up 51 factors. Juan Toscano-Anderson had 17 factors, offering a number of massive highlights, together with a second-quarter dunk over Suns middle JaVale McGee that left the group roaring as replays performed on the video board. Gary Payton II chipped in 19 factors and 5 rebounds.
Enjoying with out star guard Devin Booker (hamstring) and on the second evening of a back-to-back, the Suns by no means discovered the type of rhythm on both finish of the ground that helped outline their profitable streak. Heart Deandre Ayton completed with a team-high 23 factors, however the Suns light down the stretch towards a Warriors group that was hungry to show they may finish the streak and performed sturdy protection all through the evening. Reserve guard Cameron Payne completed simply 3-for-17 from the sphere.
The Suns and Warriors will not see one another once more till Christmas Day in Phoenix, a showdown that may haven’t solely Booker again, however former All-Star Klay Thompson, who continues to do some bit extra in observe for the Warriors after being out for 2 and a half years whereas recovering from separate ACL and Achilles accidents.
“The profitable streak was plenty of enjoyable,” Suns guard Chris Paul stated. “It has been a very long time since we felt a loss. However hell, let’s begin a brand new one.”