By: Joe Lami
For the first time in franchise history the Golden State Warriors have won 50 games in back-to-back seasons, as the Warriors improved to 50-12 with a 98-80 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. With the victory, the Warriors are riding a four game winning streak and now own the best record in the NBA.
Once again, it was Steph Curry that led the Warriors in another impressive win. Curry notched 36 points, 25 of which came in the second half. Monday night marked the 13th time this season in which Curry has hit 30 or more points. The second half was one to remember as well, as he hit six of eight three-pointers. Curry also added five assists and four steals to cap off his amazing performance.
Warriors coach, Steve Kerr, commented on Curry’s play “Steph was spectacular and hit so many shots. I got on him a little bit at half time, and he came out in the second half just on fire and locked in. He was incredible”.
The other splash brother, Klay Thompson, didn’t do too shabby either. Thompson finished second in scoring with 25 points, shooting 50% from beyond the arc.
The Suns were able to keep it close in the first half, as the teams went into the half tied at 46. The Warriors came out of the break absolutely sensational, going on a 23-5 run to all but guarantee a win.
Monday marks the ninth loss in 13 games for the Suns, as they are battling for the final spot in the Western conference. They now sit three games back of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Point guard Eric Bledsoe led the Suns with 19 points, going 6 of 11 from the field, and finishing 5 of 6 from the charity strike. Center Alex Len finished the night with a double double for Phoenix with 11 rebounds and ten points.
The Warriors continue to cruise with just 20 games remaining, staying on top of the West, 5.5 games ahead of Memphis.
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