NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Golden State 33 25 26 32 116
Phoenix 27 35 22 23 107
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2:00 PM PT3:00 PM MT4:00 PM CT5:00 PM ET22:00 GMT6:00 3:00 PM MST5:00 PM EST2:00 UAE (+1)23:0017:00 ET4:00 PM CT20:00 , December 25, 2021
Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona  Attendance: 17,071

Warriors take down Suns, move atop Western Conference

According to STATS
According to STATS

Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns

  1. The Warriors and Suns have played twice this season, with each team winning once. Their last matchup, on December 3rd, was a 118-96 win by Golden State. The Warriors are 30-10 against the Suns over the last 11 seasons, their most wins against any team over that span.
  2. The Warriors' last road game was a 119-100 defeat at Toronto on December 18, their biggest loss of the season -- their previous largest loss was by nine points at the 76ers on December 11. Four out of their six losses this season have come away from the Chase Center.
  3. Steph Curry scored 46 and went 8-for-14 from deep in Thursday night's 113-104 win over the Grizzlies. Curry has made 162 three pointers this season, most in the NBA this season and most through 30 player games of a season in NBA history.
  4. The Suns defeated the Thunder, 113-101, in Phoenix on Thursday night, marking their 15th consecutive win at home. That is the longest home win streak in the NBA this season, ahead of Golden State's 11 straight wins at home from October 30 to December 3.
  5. Chris Paul had 16 points, seven assists and three steals against the Thunder. He now has 62 steals on the season, tied for second most in the NBA with Dejounte Murray (Spurs) -- only Marcus Smart has more (Celtics, 64).
  6. The Suns have the best record in the NBA when leading at the half, with a 21-2 mark (.913). Golden State is right behind Phoenix with a record of 16-2 (.889). However, the Warriors own the best record in the NBA when trailing at the half, going 10-3 (.769).

Otto Porter Jr. saved seven points of his season-high 19 for a personal scoring flurry in the final 2:09 as the short-handed Golden State Warriors stunned the host Phoenix Suns 116-107 in an NBA showcase games on Christmas Day.

Stephen Curry connected on five 3-pointers during a game-high, 33-point performance - his high Christmas game - as the Warriors (27-6) reclaimed the top spot in the Western Conference with a second win in three head-to-head matchups with the Suns (26-6) this season.

Chris Paul led a balanced attack with 21 points and a team-high eight assists for Phoenix, which saw its 15-game home winning streak come to an end.

Getting a rare start with the Warriors missing Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, Damion Lee and Moses Moody for COVID reasons, as well as injured Klay Thompson, James Wiseman and Andre Iguodala, Porter hit eight of his 13 shots, including three straight after the Suns had closed within 109-107 on a Jae Crowder 3-pointer with 3:01 to play.

Porter converted a Gary Payton II assist into a 16-footer for a 111-107 lead with 2:09 to go, a Draymond Green pass into another midrange jumper for a six-point advantage with 1:40 left and another Green dish for a back-breaking 3-pointer that left the Suns in a 116-107 hole with just 1:07 remaining.

In a tightly contested contest in which neither team led by more than 10, the Warriors appeared to be taking command when Porter buried a 3-pointer for a 107-99 advantage with 4:50 to go.

But the Suns bounced right back, getting 3-pointers from Paul and Crowder in a quick 8-2 burst that made it a two-point game again.

Phoenix had a subsequent chance to tie, but Curry stole the ball from Paul and, despite missing a floater at the other end, Kevon Looney retrieved the miss, got it to Payton, who in turn found Porter for the first of his difference-making hoops.

Payton finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors, who won their third straight. Jonathan Kuminga chipped in with 12 points and Nemanja Bjelica 10 for Golden State, which outscored Phoenix 42-33 on 3-pointers.

Looney was the game's leading rebounder with 10 to go with eight points, while Green had a well-rounded stats line with eight points, seven rebounds, a game-high 10 assists and three steals.

Paul complemented his 21 points and eight assists with six rebounds for the Suns, who hadn't lost at home since opening the season with a pair of home setbacks at the hands of the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings.

Deandre Ayton backed Paul with 18 points, while Mikal Bridges had 17, Devin Booker 13 on just 5-for-19 shooting and Cam Johnson 11.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 25, 2021

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