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Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 117-107 road win over Suns

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 117-107 road win over Suns

Perhaps the Warriors went into Talking Stick Resort Arena on Friday night expecting the usual result, a win against the young and tanking Phoenix Suns.

Instead, the defending NBA champions found themselves in quite the brawl before summoning a 13-0 run midway through the fourth quarter and eventually pulling away down the stretch for a 117-107 win.

All five Warriors starters scored in double figures as they overcame 18 turnovers and the third-quarter ejection of Draymond Green to post their 18th consecutive victory over the Suns.

Here are three takeaways from a game in which Phoenix put up a ferocious fight:

Boogie’s Night Pt. IX

In the ninth installment of DeMarcus Cousins as a Warrior, there were several hiccups, some with the officiating and some with Suns rookie center Deandre Ayton.

Cousins was scoreless while committing two turnovers in the first quarter, during which Ayton scored 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Ayton and the Suns piled up 18 points in the paint.

After playing seven first-quarter minutes without committing a foul, Cousins was whistled for three -- as well as a technical -- in the first four minutes of the second quarter. Total Boogie in the first half: Six points, two rebounds, two steals, one block.

Total Boogie: 18 points (7-of-11 shooting from the field, 1-of-2 from beyond the arc), five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block. He was minus-14 over 27 minutes.

Cousins had his moments. All in all, though, this was a trying night.

Curry cooks late

Stephen Curry spent a full three quarters in search of his game, scoring 10 points on 2-of-12 shooting.

But the Warriors guard often finds it late in such games, and that’s exactly what happened. He scored 10 points in a stretch of about three minutes in the fourth quarter to pull the Warriors toward victory.

Curry finished with 20 points on 6-of-17 shooting, while adding seven rebounds and seven assists. He was plus-13 over 36 minutes.

When the Warriors needed a lift, Curry was there to provide it. Yeah, this happens a lot.

Shabby glass work

It’s a problem the Warriors run into from time to time, and this was such a time.

They allowed too many offensive rebounds -- 19 to be exact. How bad was it? Not once but twice, the Suns grabbed rebounds of their own missed free-throw attempts.

The Suns turned extra possessions into a 101-81 advantage in field-goal attempts.

The Suns, who rank 27th in the NBA in second-chance points, scored 10 such points in the first half on 13 shots and 25 in the game on 22 shots.

Though the Warriors often overcome this disparity, it continues to be a problem. It’s much easier to survive it against a team like the Suns, who aren't making much of an effort to win at 11-45.

Steph Curry first found troubles of fame going to Charlotte in 2013

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Steph Curry first found troubles of fame going to Charlotte in 2013

Steph Curry is a superstar. He might be the most recognizable player in the NBA. Maybe even in all of sports. 

But that wasn't the case not too long ago. Before the two MVP award and three NBA Finals titles, Curry could actually enjoy some peace and quiet with his family. 

Curry first found out about the troubles of stardom with fans while traveling home to Charlotte, N.C. in 2013. 

“Back when I was taking commercial flights,” Curry said in a lengthy interview with Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “I never flew private.”

It was after his fourth season in the NBA. Curry was coming off a career-high 22.9 points per game at the time, and he led the Warriors to playoffs where they upset the Nuggets in the first round and battled the Spurs in a second-round loss. 

Curry, along with his wife Ayesha and a newly born baby daughter Riley, were recognized relentlessly in the airport. From the security line to trying to get to the gates, the Currys were constantly surrounded.

“One of the worst experiences of my life,” Curry said. “Getting bothered left and right from the time we showed up at the airport to the time we got to the house in Charlotte. That was probably when it was like, OK, this is crazy. And, yeah, it’s got even crazier from there.”

Two years later, Riley became a sensation by joining Steph at the postgame podium in the playoffs. As he looks back it now, it's one of the only things Steph regrets

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"I didn’t know how much that would blow up and how much of a splash she [would make] on the scene," Curry said. "If I could take that one back, I probably would, just because my goal is just to give my kids the best chance at success and at seeing the world in the proper way." 

This weekend, Curry and his family are back in Charlotte for NBA All-Star Weekend. He'll face his brother Seth in the 3-Point Contest, and it's safe to say all these years later, he'll know how to deal with the masses following his every move.

Steph Curry predicts he'll beat Seth, win 2019 NBA 3-Point Contest

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Steph Curry predicts he'll beat Seth, win 2019 NBA 3-Point Contest

The greatest shooter on the planet is headed home for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. 

And he's coming for another title. NBA 3-Point Contest title that is. 

"Oh, I am," Warriors superstar Steph Curry said Friday when asked who is going to take home the crown.

Curry will be competing against his brother Seth, along with Buddy Hield, Devin Booker, Damian Lillard, Khris Middleton, Joe Harris, Dirk Nowitzki, Danny Green, and Kemba Walker. 

Steph, who won the contest in 2015, isn't the first to make a bold prediction for this year's shootout. Lillard went as far as saying, "I'm shooting against the Currys in they hometown ... I'm going to win, I'm in there to win," late last month. 

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To add to the fun, Curry also swished a half-court shot and met one of his biggest fans Friday at Jr. NBA Day.