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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.

Watch Warriors star Steph Curry's dance moves at brother Seth's wedding

Watch Warriors star Steph Curry's dance moves at brother Seth's wedding

Every Warriors fan has seen a Steph Curry shimmy.

When the two-time NBA MVP hits a big shot, the shimmy comes out. It's a move Warriors fans love and other teams hate. 

There's no hating on Steph's latest dance moves, though. The Warriors' star point guard was on Cloud Nine and showing off his dance moves over the weekend while younger brother Seth got married in Malibu. 

The Curry brothers took center stage during the playoffs last season when the Warriors and Trail Blazers faced off in the Western Conference finals. Seth scored 6.3 points per game off the bench and then signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Mavericks this offseason.

[RELATED: Check out Steph's $31M three-level mansion in Atherton]

The younger Curry brother married Callie Rivers, the daughter of Clippers coach Doc Rivers. There could be some real competitive H-O-R-S-E games at holidays between these families in the future.

Klay Thompson rips Trump administration for treatment of Bahamians

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Klay Thompson rips Trump administration for treatment of Bahamians

For Klay Thompson, the destruction to The Bahamas caused by Hurricane Dorian hits close to home.

Thompson's father, Mychal, was born on the island, and the Warriors star returns every year to visit family.

The Thompson family also has a charity foundation that helps the youth in the US and the Bahamas.

So it must have been heartbreaking for Thompson to see so many Bahamians lose everything.

On Friday night, Thompson wrote a long Instagram post asking for small and large donations to help the citizens affected by Hurricane Dorian.

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These past few weeks have been so unimaginably hard for Bahamians, especially on the islands of Abaco and Freeport. People have lost everything- loved ones, family, possessions, homes. Whatever you cherish it’s gone for these communities. This is far from a quick fix, it will take years and years of rebuilding. The @thompsonfamilyfoundation will do everything in its power to help with relief efforts right now and for many years to come. All contributions no matter how big or small will go long way and are greatly appreciated. Secondly, shame on our current administration for not welcoming our Bahamian neighbors in their greatest time of need. I’ve been so lucky to visit my family in Nassau since childhood, and in those times I’ve seen countless Americans use the Bahamian islands as their playground for letting loose and vacationing. And now we turn our back on the people who welcomed us with open arms, when they’ve lost everything !? There’s no excuse for this... and if you have one your a real piece of 💩 Bahamians will persevere, but help along the way is greatly appreciated. Thank you ❤️ 🇧🇸

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But the Warriors star also had a direct message for President Donald Trump.

"Secondly, shame on our current administration for not welcoming our Bahamian neighbors in their greatest time of need. I’ve been so lucky to visit my family in Nassau since childhood, and in those times I’ve seen countless Americans use the Bahamian islands as their playground for letting loose and vacationing.

"And now we turn our back on the people who welcomed us with open arms, when they’ve lost everything !? There’s no excuse for this... and if you have one your a real piece of 💩"

In the wake of the hurricane, Bahamians were seeking temporary protected status in the US until it was safe to return to the island. But earlier this week, the Trump administration denied the request.

Thompson isn't the first local athlete to ask for donations to help The Bahamas. Kings shooting guard Buddy Hield, who was born in Freeport, donated $100,000 to relief efforts and has started a GoFundMe page to raise money.

[RELATED: Hield, Kings ramp up aid for The Bahamas]

"My heart is broken for my fellow Bahamians, especially on the island I was raised on, Grand Bahama," Hield wrote last week.

Thompson's shot at Trump isn't the first time a Warriors player has gone at Trump, and it certainly won't be the last time.