Jordan Poole gave up a 3-pointer of the go-ahead with 1:43 remaining, with Andrew Wiggins scoring the next down and finishing with 38 points, with the Phoenix Suns trailing the 122-116 Golden State Warriors.
San Francisco – Facing the Western Conference’s two most winning teams on back-to-back nights, the Golden State Warriors pulled off a pair of impressive victories, struggling with their shot with superstar Stephen Curry.
Jordan Poley hit a go-forward 3-pointer with 1:43 left, Andrew Wiggins next down to score and finished with 38 points, before the Phoenix Suns defeated the Warriors 122-116 on Tuesday night.
Drummond Green recorded his sixth triple-double of the season and 29th of his career with 11 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds as the Warriors earned it two straight clutch wins during the playoff push.
“It was incredible, a lot of people stepped in,” Green said. “For us that winning and Steph’s struggle shows a lot about the development of this team. We have two more games. It’s important that we finish those two games are strong and trying to enter the playoffs Have been. “
Curry made a 9-foot jump with 45 seconds left when he fell to the floor, a bright finish to his 21-point performance on another tough outing shooting 3-pointers.
Golden State – competing with just eight healthy players – secured a spot in the play-in tournament with a 119–116 win against the Jazz on Monday, then held on against a talented Suns team.
“These two games are so important to us against two teams with the best record in the league,” Warriors coach Steve Herr said. “Tonight felt like a playoff game. Phoenix was very well prepared, they had a day of tomorrow, so they came up with a great game plan to get the ball out of Steph’s hands.”
Devin Booker scored 34 points and downed a key 3-pointer for Phoenix with 5:25 left and Paul added 24 points, but the Warriors got all the major plays down the stretch.
“It was a tough one, you never want to lose two,” Booker said, adding later, “I’m not worried at all.”
Poley hit a 3-pointer with 57 seconds left in the third to get Golden State within 93–88 – one night after his successful half-court at the third quarter buzzer against Utah. The Warriors trailed 98-92 on Tuesday to start the fourth and Polley hit another 3.
Golden State needed their hot hand, which gave Curry’s clash from deep for a second straight night.
Curry had a 49-point performance with 11 3-pointers in the Thunder’s 136-97 thumping on Saturday, but has been away from long range in two games since: going just 4 for 24 on 3 – 11. 1 for Tuesday and 3 of 13 on Monday.
“The thing that bothers me more than anything is that we give 29 second-chance points to a team not known for offensive ball,” Suncity coach Monty Williams said. “… We did a really good job on Curry, but Wiggins had one of those nights.”
Polley scored 20 points to wrap up Golden State’s final set of back-to-backs as the Warriors won their fourth straight at home.
Phoenix led as many as 16 and started a burning 18 to make 26 7 out of 10 3 to make a 43–30 advantage.
Lucky Rabbit’s foot
Alex, a therapy that became a social media hit last month to attend a Giants baseball game, earned him a spot at the Chase Center by the end of the season to appease the Warriors.
Owner Kei Kato and his fiancé, Josh Rowe, had upgraded their seats to the lower bowl as the team made a special exception so that Bunny could participate – saying he had a “lucky rabbit’s foot” for the playoff push Because rabbits are not usually allowed in the arena.
He received a big-screen welcome from the Warriors during the first quarter.
“Just to give back and make everyone happy makes us happy,” Kato said. “We want to share it with the world.”
Sun: PF Cameron Johnson missed his third straight game with a sprained right wrist. … The Sun won the first two matchups of the season by 20 or more points, 120–98 on 4 March and 114–93 on 28 January. … In the first half, the Suns were 10 compared to 18 on 3. … Phoenix awarded 62 Warriors points in the paint.
Warriors: F. Damian Lee did more court work a day after shooting for the first time despite being vaccinated. Coach Steve Kerr talked to Lee and “he will extend it a little bit today.” F. Eric Paschell, still sidelined by a discarded hip flexor, is played in another three-on-three game as he has been doing in recent times. It is expected that he will prepare for the Friday or Sunday regular season finale against Memphis.
Sun: Host Portland in their final home game on Thursday before finishing with back-to-back games in San Antonio on Saturday and Sunday.
Warriors: Host the Pelicans on Friday night, winning 13 of the final 15 at home vs. New Orleans.
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