Suns scorched by Klay Thompson and Warriors, lose 128-103
The Golden State Warriors must have been upset about losing their first game of the season last week and went on to torch the Suns, 128-103. Midway through the second quarter the Suns were keeping pace with the Warriors and it looked like we would have an entertaining game on our hands, until the Splash Brothers turned it on.
Mirza Teletovic did all he could to keep the Suns looking respectable tonight, scoring a season high 24 points, hitting 9 of his 13 shots from the floor. T.J. Warren also got his game going tonight, scoring 19 points and picking up 8 rebounds. Klay Thompson was tonight’s MVP, hands down. Thompson scored 43 points on 8/13 shooting from downtown to lead all scorers tonight. Curry had a slow start to the game, but came to life midway through the second quarter and ended up with 25 points and seven assists. Draymond Green compiled an impressive triple-double in only three quarters of play, with a stat line of 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists.
This game started in a fashion that was definitely playing in the Suns favor. The Suns got out to a quick 9-5 lead before Brandon Rush starting hitting three pointers, hitting three in a row to push the Warriors ahead. Both teams traded punches through the quarter, with neither gaining any ground. The Suns went on a nice run towards the end of the quarter to bring a 28-26 lead into the second quarter.
Unlike most games at the Oracle, the crowd seemed relatively tame early on tonight as the Warriors got off to an uncharacteristic slow start. This looked like it would be a knock-down, drag-out type of game, and that is all the Suns could have really hoped for against the best team in the league. The lead had changed hands nine times until the game completely changed course with 4:20 left to go in the quarter. It all started on back-to-back Thompson three pointers that saw the Warriors push ahead to a four point lead. Then Curry hit a three. Then Green hit a three. Then the lead was all of a sudden up to 13 before Jeff Hornacek called a timeout with the scoreboard showing 59-46 in favor of Golden State.
The Warriors didn’t miss a beat after halftime, and continued to pile it on. They fed the ball to the hot hand all night, and Thompson couldn’t miss. He piled up 27 points in the quarter and it looked as if he could kick it in, if he wanted to. On two of his three pointers in the quarter, Suns rookie Devin Booker had excellent position on him and a hand in his face, but even that couldn’t slow him down. The Warriors scored an NBA season high 46 points in the quarter, while the Suns only managed 19. That means Thompson outscored the Suns by 18 in the quarter on his own.
The fourth quarter allowed both teams to let their reserves get some run. Archie Goodwin put together some nice garbage time minutes, scoring nine points, grabbing five rebounds, and dishing off four assists. The quarter was good to the Suns as they outscored the Warriors 38-23 to make this game look a little bit closer than it actually was.
Eric Bledsoe scored six points tonight, and they were all in the first quarter. This was a rare off night for him, and tonight showed how essential his success is to the Suns as a whole. He also failed to get to the free throw line tonight despite taking it hard to the rim consistently. Bledsoe averages a career-high six trips to the line per game this season and it is surprising not to see him get to the line all night.
The Warriors went on a run in the second quarter tonight that can only be described as insane. In a span of around 2:40 the Warriors scored 19 points (yes, nineteen points), while the Suns could only manage four in that span. To put that in perspective, the Warriors scored as many points in two minutes and forty seconds as the Suns could score in the entire third quarter.
The Suns (11-16) play again Friday night, where they will hope to rebound against the New Orleans Pelicans. Tip-off is set for 8:30 pm local time at Talking Stick Resort Arena.