Warriors outshine Suns in blowout at Oracle
OAKLAND -- Making their final home appearance before the All-Star break, the Warriors on Thursday demolished the lowly Phoenix Suns 129-83 at Oracle Arena.
Stephen Curry scored a team-high 22 points, Omri Casspi finished with 19 and Kevin Durant with 17, while Klay Thompson and Nick Young each put in 16.
The Warriors (44-13) shot 58.4 percent, while limiting the woeful and undermanned Suns (18-40) to 34.7 percent. The 129 points are the highest total for the Warriors since they poured in 141 on Dec. 30 against Memphis.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr found a creative way to keep his veterans engaged, allowing them to draw up plays, with his oversight, during timeouts.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr takes hands-off approach against Suns
Though his defense was forgettable -- Elfrid Payton went for a game-high 27 points, 16 of which came in the first quarter -- Curry was all over the Suns in most every other way.
Curry’s line: 22 points (8-of-17 shooting from the field, including 3-of-9 from deep, 3-of-3 from the line), nine rebounds and team-high seven assists. He played 30 minutes and finished plus-21, tying Durant for team high.
After a Payton layup brought the Suns within three, 37-34, with 7:40 left in the second quarter, the Warriors responded with a 14-4 run, going up 51-38 on a Curry floater with 3:36 left in the half.
The Warriors during their 14-4 run forced three turnovers and limited Phoenix 2-of-8 shooting.
The Warriors closed the half with a 62-45 lead and maintained a double-digit advantage throughout the second half.
Warriors: G Pat McCaw (L thumb sprain) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. F Draymond Green (L index finger sprain) and F/C Jordan Bell (L ankle inflammation) were listed as out.
Suns: C Tyson Chandler (neck spasms) was listed as probable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. G Tyler Ulis (low back discomfort) was listed as questionable and downgraded to out. G Devin Booker (L hip pointer), G Brandon Knight (L ACL surgery) and F Alan Williams (R meniscus repair) were listed as out.
The Warriors play their final game before the All-Star break Wednesday night in Portland, where they will face the Trail Blazers at Moda Center. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.