Phoenix 104, Golden State 106

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 9:00 PM
Location - US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Officials - #17 Joe Crawford, #63 Derek Richardson, #33 Zach Zarba
Attendance - 14558

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Golden State 39 20 24 23 106
Phoenix 22 23 34 25 104

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Golden State 13-17 9-9 4-8 W2
Phoenix 14-20 7-9 7-11 L1

Recap


WARRIORS 106, SUNS 104: Monta Ellis knocked down the game-winning shot with one second left as Golden State fended off a spirited Phoenix club despite losing point guard Stephen Curry to a foot injury.

With the Suns trailing 104-102, Grant Hill drove to the hoop for a layup with just 11 seconds remaining. The Warriors called a quick timeout before putting the ball in the hands of Ellis, who rose up and buried a 13-foot fadeaway to send Golden State to its second straight win following a four-game losing skid.

Curry suffered a strained tendon in his right foot that forced him out in the second quarter. After going to the locker room, Curry returned briefly but left shortly after and did not return.

Ellis paced the Warriors with 26 points while Dorell Wright added 23 and David Lee 22. Curry racked up nine points in nine minutes before leaving for the night.

Channing Frye had 22 points and nine rebounds while Marcin Gortat added 21 points and 15 boards for the Suns, who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Jared Dudley added 17 points while Hill finished with 16.

The Warriors led by 14 at the break and kept the pressure on to start the third quarter, riding 3-pointers from Ellis and Wright to a 64-47 advantage. A Frye jumper capped a surge that moved the Suns to within eight, and Sebastian Telfair punctuated a scorching quarter for Phoenix with a long 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Suns trailed 83-79 entering the fourth.

Golden State took control at the outset of the final quarter, opening with five unanswered points while Phoenix missed its first four shots. The Suns made it a one-possession game on two occasions later in the period before finally drawing even on a short Frye jumper - his sixth and seventh points of the quarter - with 4:24 remaining.

Phoenix went ahead on its next possession, but an Ellis 21-foot jumper with 1:39 remaining restored the Golden State lead and set the stage for the thrilling finish.

The Suns fell despite owning a 51-40 rebounding edge and racking up 20 offensive boards.

The Warriors were red-hot in the opening 12 minutes, hitting seven of their first 10 shots to open up a six-point lead. Lee's 14-footer capped an 8-0 run that extended the advantage to 12, and Nate Robinson and Wright followed with back-to-back 3s as the Warriors led 39-22 after one.

A Robin Lopez dunk capped a Phoenix surge early in the second frame that trimmed the deficit to single digits, but that was the last Suns field goal for nearly five minutes. Golden State went ahead by 19 during that stretch, and Ellis connected on an 18-footer with 2:03 remaining as the Warriors held a 59-45 edge at the half.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Curry underwent X-rays during halftime, which came back negative. He's considered day-to-day. ... Phoenix connected on just 4 of 19 3-point attempts on the night. Golden State finished 9 for 20. ... Suns PG Steve Nash finished with seven points and nine assists, failing to reach double digits in helpers for the first time in 11 games.

Top Game Performances

Golden State   Phoenix
Monta Ellis 26 Scoring Channing Frye 22
Monta Ellis 6 Assists Steve Nash 9
Dominic McGuire 9 Rebounds Marcin Gortat 15
Dorell Wright 6 Free Throws Made Grant Hill 4
Nate Robinson 3 Steals Channing Frye 3
Andris Biedrins 1 Blocks Channing Frye 1

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Golden State 106 46.4 9-20 19-22 19 40 4 6 8
Phoenix 104 47.8 4-19 14-20 23 51 4 5 10

Upcoming Games

  • Phoenix will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Suns have a W/L % of .357 after a win and .450 after a loss.
  • Golden State will play their next game on the road against Indiana . The Warriors have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .389 after a loss.
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