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Steph Curry, Warriors get even with Phoenix Suns in blowout home win

Evan Webeck, The Mercury News on

Published in Basketball

SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden State Warriors returned the favor Friday night, snapping the Phoenix Suns’ franchise-long winning streak at 18 games, three nights after Phoenix sent the Warriors home losers for the first time in seven games.

The two early heavyweights of the Western Conference split their early season series after the Warriors defeated the Suns 118-96 Friday night in a game Golden State led for the final 46 minutes of regulation. Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by 23 from Steph Curry in a bounce-back performance.

Here are some quick observations.

—Warriors set tone early

With a set of three plays in the first half, the Warriors showed they were in for a different night than a few days earlier.

After struggling to find separation Tuesday — and struggling to find his stroke even when space was there — Curry quickly set the tone for a bounce-back performance.

 

With a crossover and a stepback, Curry put Landry Shamet on a yo-yo and drained his second of six 3-pointers, not so much in his defender’s face but a few feet from his outstretched arm.

Curry’s 8-for-20 performance from the field (6-of-11 from 3) will hardly go down as one of the all-time great shooting nights, but it was the improvement the Warriors needed from, statistically, one of the worst shooting nights of his career Tuesday (4-of-21, 19%).

It almost felt personal when Juan Toscano-Anderson soared over Javelle McGee for a poster-worthy throwdown shortly after, putting Golden State ahead 23-19 with 2:11 left in the opening period. The crowd erupted, and it fired up the Warriors, too. The hometown favorite finished with 17 points, a season-high, after he turned the ball over four times in their last meeting.

The slam spurred a run of four straight baskets at the end of the first quarter, allowing Golden State to build a lead that it never relinquished. The Warriors didn’t trail for the final 46 minutes of regulation, running their lead as large as 27 points.

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