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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.

Nine players Warriors acquired since 2010 who never played for team

Nine players Warriors acquired since 2010 who never played for team

Last week, I broke down the best trades the Warriors have made over the last two decades, so now let's focus on Warriors transactions that you might have already forgotten about from just the last 10 years. 

Whether via trade or free agency, the Warriors have acquired, or re-acquired, players that did not suit up for a regular season or playoff game for them. 

Some of these players were big-name former stars, that might have intrigued Warriors fans. Many of them might have slipped your memory, so let's remind you.

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Klay Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC belongs on Bay's Mount Rushmore, Steve Kerr says

Klay Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC belongs on Bay's Mount Rushmore, Steve Kerr says

Every Warriors fan remembers exactly where they were when Klay Thompson saved Golden State's season in Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City.

I was in Nashville, Tenn., for a cousin's wedding, unable to watch the thriller on TV. I had to follow along on Twitter.

With the 73-win Warriors on the verge of being eliminated by the Thunder, Thompson went thermonuclear with a single-game NBA playoff record 11 3-pointers. He finished with 41 points, and "Game 6 Klay" was born.

It's one of the most iconic performances in Bay Area sports history.

But does it belong on the Mount Rushmore of best Bay Area performances? Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes so, and he explained why Friday during an interview with 95.7 The Game.

"Just one of the most incredible, clutch performances in such a desperate moment," Kerr said on the "Damon, Ratto and Kolsky" show. "We were really dominated for most of those series, and we were just hanging on for dear life in that game, down eight or 10 for most of the game. I've watched that game several times since, and it's almost impossible to fathom what Klay did and what he was able to do individually in that game to pull the game for us. It was just an amazing performance."

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Thompson's performance allowed the Warriors to return home for a Game 7, where they knocked off the Thunder to advance to a second straight NBA Finals.

In terms of best Bay Area performances or moments, I would lock in Thompson's Game 6 vs. OKC, Madison Bumgarner's Game 7 relief outing against the Kansas City Royals in 2014, and the Joe Montana-Dwight Clark "The Catch" from the 1981 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The fourth member of this list is open for debate. Could it be Travis Ishikawa's pennant-winning homer in 2014? Steph Curry's 37-point performance in Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals? Kevin Durant's dagger 3-pointer in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers? Montana's Super Bowl XXIII-winning pass to John Taylor? Montana's five-touchdown performance in the 49ers' Super Bowl XXIV win? Steve Young's six-touchdown effort in the 49ers' Super Bowl XXIX win over the San Diego Chargers? Edgar Renteria's two-run homer in Game 5 of the 2010 World Series? Cal-Stanford's "The Play" in 1982? Something else?

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Bay Area sports fans, tell us which four individual postseason performances or moments you would carve into your Mount Rushmore.

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