Warriors torch Suns in third quarter, rack up win No. 56
TWO IN A ROW
OAKLAND -- The Warriors shook off a listless start with strong bursts in the second and third quarters Sunday night to post 117-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by 29 points from Kevin Durant. Klay Thompson put in 23 points, Quinn Cook had 19, Draymond Green 13 and Jordan Bell 10 as the Warriors shot 53.3 percent from the field, 46.4 percent from deep.
The Warriors (56-21) snapped their only three-game home losing streak under coach Steve Kerr and defeated Phoenix for the 14th consecutive time, their longest current win streak against any opponent.
Cook, Green and Thompson were fabulous. Jordan Bell did some good work. Durant was, for the second straight night, off the charts.
Durant’s line: 29 points (12-of-19 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, 2-of-2 from the line), game-high 11 rebounds, eight assists and two blocks. He played 35 minutes and finished team-best plus-29.
After falling behind 49-36 with 4:52 remaining in the second quarter, the Warriors got back into the game by closing the half on a 22-10 run, cutting the deficit to one (59-58).
They put it away in the third quarter. After Phoenix pulled within two, 71-69, with 6:48 remaining, they went on a 19-4 run, taking a 90-73 lead on a pull-up jumper by Cook with 1:41 remaining in the quarter
The Suns got no closer than nine in the fourth quarter.
Warriors: F Draymond Green (L elbow strain) and G Klay Thompson (R thumb fracture) were listed as probable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. F Omri Casspi (R ankle sprain) was listed as questionable and downgraded to out prior to tipoff. G Stephen Curry (L MCL sprain), F/G Andre Iguodala (L knee soreness) and G Pat McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) were listed as out.
Suns: G Devin Booker (R hand sprain), F Jared Dudley (L ankle soreness) and G Elfrid Payton (L knee tendinopathy) were listed as questionable and downgraded to out prior to tipoff. C Alex Len (L ankle sprain), F T.J. Warren (L knee inflammation) and G Brandon Knight (L ACL tear rehab) were listed as out.
The Warriors leave Monday for a two-game road trip, beginning Tuesday in Oklahoma City against the Thunder. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4 p.m., with postgame coverage immediately after the final horn.