Warriors vs. Suns – Match Recap – December 25, 2021
PHOENIX – – Stephen Curry scored 33 points, Otto Porter Jr. scored seven of his 19 points in a key final streak and the Golden State Warriors regained the NBA’s top spot from Phoenix, beating the Suns 116 -107 Saturday.
Golden State arrived in the desert shorthanded, missing three of its top four scorers on health and safety protocols: Andrew Wiggins, Damion Lee and Jordan Poole.
Curry carried most of the load, overcoming a poor shooting night to score 20 points for the first time in nine Christmas games. He finished 10 for 27, including 5 for 16 of 3 to help the Warriors end Phoenix’s 15-game home streak.
Instead of Curry, it was Porter who took over in the stretch, hitting a 3 step back and a pair of jumpers in the span of 1:02.
Chris Paul had 21 points and eight assists for Phoenix. Deandre Ayton finished with 18 points in the Suns’ third loss in 28 games.
The two teams with the best NBA records played in the third Christmas game in which both teams achieved a winning percentage of at least 0.800.
Playing at Christmas is nothing new to the Warriors. It was their ninth consecutive game on Christmas Day and the 11th in 12 seasons. The Suns, once regulars on the Christmas schedule, were on their first since 2009.
Both teams put on an offensive show after the giveaways at the Footprint Center, sending oohs and aahs through the Footprint Center with every dunk and 3-pointer.
Curry had 11 points in the first quarter and Gary Payton II had a huge rebound as the Warriors took a 10-point lead. The Suns picked up speed in the second quarter, starting a 15-3 streak and taking a 62-58 halftime lead over Paul’s 3-pointer in the last second.
The teams continued to trade 3s and baskets in transition, neither able to part ways until Golden State made a short run to climb 107-99.
The Suns moved closer to two, but Porter had back-to-back jumpers and a long 3 to take Golden State’s lead to nine.
Warriors: Reserve G Moses Moody was also in the health and safety protocols. … Draymond Green was called up for a technical foul in the second quarter as he called for a push-off from Booker. … Curry has scored 3 points in 156 straight games, one off the NBA record he set from 2014 to 2016. He also scored at least two 3-pointers in 15 straight games, the longest active streak in the NBA with Cam Johnson of Phoenix.
Suns: F / C Frank Kaminsky (knee), F Abdel Nader (knee) and F Dario Saric (knee) were all out. … Paul was called up for a technical foul in the third quarter after aggressively giving the ball to one of the referees after a no-appeal on a practice for the basket. … Johnson went 2 for 5 of 3 to continue his streak of at least two to 15 games.
Warriors: Host Denver Tuesday night.
Suns: Host Memphis Monday night.