Curry scores 42, Warriors clinch West with win over Suns
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 06, 2017,
Apr 06, 2017, 22:58
With Curry playing so well lately, though, the Warriors will be a tough out for whichever No. 8 seed has the misfortune of meeting them in the first round.
For the last time in the 2016-2017 National Basketball Association season, the Golden State Warriors played a road game on the back-end of a back-to-back. "We have had a great run".
Warriors: Final road game Wednesday at the Suns looking for an 11th straight win in the series.
What's more noteworthy is this streak is happening without Kevin Durant, whose return this weekend would increase the Warriors' chances of sweeping the rest of their games.
"If all goes well the next couple days, he'll play and we'll try to manage our minutes and not overload anybody but try to maintain rhythm", Kerr said. "We have a special group of talent players together and we're trying to enjoy every moment of it".
That little fake-turnaround-to-behind-the-back-pass move may well have been a double-dribble (Mike Breen didn't think so), but either way I don't really care.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Suns are 9.5-point home underdogs versus the Warriors while the over/under now sits at 223 points. Alan Williams had 16 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for Phoenix (22-57). "But you ask any Carolina guy, just the brotherhood that we have, we always want to support the guys".
The Warriors also are the first team to win at least 65 games in three straight seasons. In just over a minute, the Warriors scored 11 points, all of which were either scored or assisted by Curry.
Durant is averaging 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists in the first season of a two-year deal worth $54.3 million with the Warriors. At one point in the second quarter, Curry had 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting, while all his other teammates combined for only had 26 points on 10-of-30 shooting. Curry then sparked a 9-2 third quarter finish with back-to-back jumpers to take a 91-78 advantage into the fourth.
The Suns got it to four twice early in the third quarter and were down just 82-76 after Ronnie Price made two free throws with 1:51 left in the period.
The Warriors also found an unlikely hero in JaVale McGee, who scored back-to-back baskets to put Golden State ahead 116-109 with 1:13 to go. F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, bone bruise) was listed as out.
The Phoenix Suns lost their 13th straight, tied for their longest single-season losing streak in franchise history, which to some - OK, to many - is a good thing.
With his 72nd start of the season - every game since November 8 - Marquese Chriss tied Michael Finley for the third-most starts by a Suns rookie. Recently, the team felt with their win against Timberwolves on last night.
On the plus-side for the Suns, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the San Antonio Spurs tonight (you read that correctly).
Golden State is primed for a return to the NBA Finals and with Durant back, the team will be favored to come out of the Western Conference.