Whether it was a halftime adjustment or getting their legs back after an early start, the Golden State Warriors caught fire in the third quarter against the Phoenix Suns, propelling them to a 113-107 victory on Sunday night.
All games are important this late in the season, but this one was a tad more pivotal, considering the Suns entered the night two games behind the Warriors for the sixth seed in the Western Conference.
But Golden State would not allow the Suns to close the gap. After an impressive first half by the Suns, who carried a 61-56 lead at halftime, the Warriors roared back in a huge way in the third quarter, outscoring the Suns 38-17. Klay Thompson’s three-pointer with 7:05 left in the quarter gave the Warriors a 74-73 lead, which ballooned to 94-78 by the end of the quarter thanks to a 21-2 run.
The Suns made a game of it in the fourth quarter, closing the gap to four with under a minute remaining, and had several chances to make it even tighter thanks to missed free throws by the Warriors, but the Warriors clamped down defensively to take the victory.
David Lee led the Warriors with a 26 points, while Thompson chipped in a very important 22 points and four made threes. Stephen Curry, playing with a quad injury, had 18.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 52.9% (45-85)
- Three-point percentage: 45.5% (10-22)
- Rebounds: 35
- Assists: 27
- Turnovers: 12
- Bench points: 36
- Field-goal percentage: 48.0% (36-75)
- Three-point percentage: 47.6% (10-21)
- Rebounds: 41
- Assists: 21
- Turnovers: 19
- Bench points: 28
Good to Know
Only 3 teams have at least 20 wins both at home and on the road–OKC, San Antonio and now the Warriors, who just won their 20th at Oracle.
— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) March 10, 2014
What’s on Tap
The Mavericks come to town on Tuesday night in another important matchup between two teams fighting for playoff seeding.