Thompson, Warriors shoot past Suns
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Klay Thompson saved nine of his season-high 30 points for a late 18-4 run as the Golden State Warriors survived a scare from the Phoenix Suns to record a 133-120 victory Sunday night.
Stephen Curry matched Thompson's point total, and Kevin Durant added 29 as a rested Golden State team had to extend itself to beat a Phoenix club that played Saturday night and traveled in for the contest.
Thompson buried two 3-pointers and three free throws after getting fouled on a third 3-point attempt in the key stretch, helping the Warriors beat the Suns for the ninth straight time overall and 10th in a row at home.
Shaun Livingston had two baskets in the burst, Durant a 3-pointer and Draymond Green a dunk, the latter completing the run and giving Golden State a 124-115 lead with 2:40 remaining.
Thompson hit 11 of 18 shots and 5 of 8 3-point tries on a night when the Warriors shot 51.7 percent from the field and 48.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
The Warriors (8-2) made 16 3-pointers in the game, outscoring the Suns 48-24 from deep.
Curry, who hit five 3-pointers, contributed six rebounds and six assists, and Durant snatched a team-high nine rebounds. Green added 14 points, a game-high 11 assists and seven rebounds.
The Suns put six players in double figures, led by T.J. Warren and Eric Bledsoe with 20 points apiece.
Warren buried 10 of his 18 shots, helping the Suns shoot 51.1 percent from the field.
Devin Booker had 19 points and Jared Dudley hit three 3-pointers on a 14-point night for the Suns, who were coming off a 122-104 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Phoenix (3-8) lost for the fourth time in five games.
The Suns trailed 99-87 before bridging the third and fourth quarter with a 15-2 run that produced a 102-101 lead with 9:18 to go. Warren and Bledsoe had 3-pointers in the run.
A pair of 3-pointers by Leandro Barbosa and Dudley pushed the Phoenix lead to 114-109 before Barbosa fouled Thompson on a missed trey, resulting in three free throws that began the game-swinging, 18-4 flurry.
Until Warriors rookie Patrick McCaw buried a 3-pointer in the final minute of the third period, neither team led by more than nine points as the Suns successfully matched hoops with the Warriors.
Barbosa, a former Warrior, had three second-quarter hoops, including a 20-footer at the 7:57 mark that gave Phoenix a 46-37 lead.
However, the Warriors gradually drew even and then went up by as many as 12 before third quarter's end as Curry connected on four of his 3-pointers, two apiece in each of the second and third periods.
NOTES: The game matched the NBA's No. 1 offense (Golden State, 114.6 points per game) against the league's 30th-ranked defense (Phoenix, 113.9 points allowed). ... While Golden State won its ninth in a row against Phoenix, the Suns hold the distinction of having dealt the Warriors more losses (137) than any other opponent in franchise history. ... For the second game in a row, Warriors fans welcomed back a key piece in their 2014-15 championship run with a rousing ovation. This time it was veteran G Leandro Barbosa, who averaged 6.7 points in 134 games for Golden State. ... On the recurring homecoming themes -- the Warriors hosted SF Harrison Barnes and C Andrew Bogut, now of Dallas, in their previous game. Golden State coach Steve Kerr noted, "That's kind of the nature of the NBA. People move on and you just kind of have to go forward and remember the good times and maintain those friendships despite people playing different places or coaching different teams or whatever."