The Golden State Warriors are playing their basketball of the season at the perfect time.
Andrew Wiggins had 38 points and seven rebounds, Steph Curry scored 21, while Draymond Green finished with a triple-double (11 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds) to lead the Dubs to a 122-116 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Golden State has now beaten the top two teams in the NBA on consecutive nights. This game had a playoff feel throughout the 48 minutes.
The Suns held a 103-98 with just over nine minutes to go before Wiggins started some big plays for Golden State.
He scored 10 of the next 14 points for the Warriors, helping them shoot even at 110-110 with just under three minutes to go.
All-star point guard Chris Paul gave Phoenix a 113-110 lead over his next possessions, but it was all Golden State from there. Wiggins, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Jordan Poole – who finished with 20 points in the game – combined for eight straight points for the Warriors, giving them a five-point lead.
Golden State was able to hang on from there and preserve the victory.
“There were so many great storylines in the game, so many guys who contributed so much to it. But it was mainly the fact that we were standing in there, ”said head coach Steve Kerr after the victory. “They were up 16 I think in the first half. Obviously they were doing a great job on Steph, but we hung in there, kept moving the ball, trusted each other and made some great plays all through the home stretch.
Despite Curry’s cold shots to start the game, the Dubs held a 19-15 lead halfway through the first. But the Suns came back strong and made a 17-4 run to come back up by nine, which forced Kerr to take a time out. Golden State kept pace the rest of the course and was down 38-29 after one.
The second unit remained competitive in the non-Curry minutes to start the second but gave ground to Phoenix. By the time Steph returned to the court, the Warriors’ deficit had dropped to 13.
The Suns continued to focus on Curry and kept him in check throughout the first half. Phoenix kept the NBA’s leading scorer to just eight points on 2 of 8 shots, but the Dubs managed to take the lead in the final six minutes of the second. Andrew Wiggins hit a buzzer-beater to finish second, and Golden State was trailing 66-58 at the break.
The Dubs did a great job reducing the Suns’ lead in third. Curry managed to hit a few shots and finished with nine points and helped the Warriors reduce the lead to 98-92 heading into the final quarter.
Golden State maintains its half-game lead over the Memphis Grizzlies for eighth place in the Western Conference.
The Warriors have won four in a row in their last two regular season games. They will host the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.
With the win over Phoenix, Sunday’s final against the Grizzlies will likely have massive implications. Memphis hosts the Kings of Sacramento twice before visiting the Bay Area. If the Grizzlies can win any of those games, that means the winner of Sunday’s showdown will be the No.8 seed in the West and only have to win one game to qualify for the first. NBA playoff round.