PHOENIX--Stephen Curry tried to shoot the Golden State Warriors back into the game but ended up getting overshadowed by Phoenix's Goran Dragic as the Suns won 122-109 on Saturday.
Dragic scored a career-high 34 points and added 10 assists, leading Phoenix's hot-shooting team past Golden State with a Currylike performance.
Curry had 28 points and nine assists, but the Suns shot 52.4 percent from 3-point range, including Dragic making 6 of 7 attempts from beyond the arc.
"I'd say all but two were contested," Curry said, repeatedly adding he felt the Warriors didn't play bad defense. "It's tough. Dagger shots. A big-time player made big-time shots."
Dragic did it all while "in a daze," according to Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, who asked his point guard numerous times if he wanted to come out of the game.
Dragic stayed in and ultimately made a dizzying amount of shots at US Airways Center, going 10 for 13 from the field.
"He was shooting from the parking lot tonight," Warriors forward Harrison Barnes said.
Barnes came off the bench to score 23 points, and Klay Thompson added 17. But with Dragic on fire and without their starting frontcourt, the Warriors were clearly hamstrung.
Golden State, without center Andrew Bogut and power forward David Lee for a second straight game, gave up a 45-34 rebounding advantage to Phoenix and failed to get stops in the end.
"Whoever's on the floor, we have to want it enough to go get a rebound, and at times tonight, we did not do that," coach Mark Jackson said. "That's the disappointing part."
Lee (sprained shoulder, strained hip) did not make the trip. Bogut (shoulder inflammation) was ruled out at the morning shoot-around.
The Suns' Miles Plumlee converted a 3-point play, then P.J. Tucker connected from long range to cap off a 13-3 run to start the third quarter and give the Suns a 76-62 lead. The Warriors pulled to within two in the fourth, but Dragic responded with three 3-pointers to extend the lead.
"Just contest him and make him take tough shots," said forward Draymond Green, who had five points, six rebounds and four assists but four turnovers in his second start of the season. "We did that. He made tough shots. We've got guys that get hot like that, and it happens sometimes."
Curry scored 16 of his points by halftime, but the Warriors trailed 63-59 while getting dominated on the glass. Without their top two rebounders in uniform, the Warriors gave up 13 second-chance points before halftime.
Andre Iguodala had 12 points and eight rebounds, but the Suns got a bigger night from Tucker, who had 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Gerald Green added 25 points for the Suns on 10-of-15 shooting, as Phoenix shot 53.8 percent from the field to the Warriors' 48.8 percent.
Missing Lee, who averages 18.9 points per game, Curry knows he has to do more. He made 10 of 20 shots from the field and 3 of 10 attempts from 3-point range.
"Same aggressiveness, but with D Lee's numbers, you're going to have to replace them at some point, so I'm mindful of that," Curry said.
Phoenix regained the No. 6 spot in the Western Conference from Golden State, which entered the game having won nine of its previous 11 road games.
--Dragic's performance is the second time in Suns history that a player scored at least 34 points while attempting 13 or fewer field goals, joining Gail Goodrich, who did so against the San Francisco Warriors in 1970.
--Barnes said he was considering having Curry assist him during the Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend on Feb. 15.
"He has an idea that involved me making a pretty accurate pass, so hopefully I can execute it and show off his athleticism," Curry said.
--Guard Kent Bazemore said he was scheduled to be assigned to the Warriors' Development League in Santa Cruz team for Tuesday's game against Idaho on a day when Golden State doesn't play.
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