(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Golden State Warriors’ topsy-turvy, three-peat quest has taken another ugly turn.
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker scored 13 straight points during a decisive fourth-quarter stretch and finished with 37, helping the Suns snap the NBA’s longest active losing streak to one opponent at 18 games by beating the Warriors 115-111 on Sunday night.
The Suns defeated Golden State for the first time since a 107-95 victory on Nov. 9, 2014, and earned their first road win in 20 tries against the Western Conference this season. The Warriors followed a great win against Denver two nights earlier with a dud.
“Let’s not forget last year was way worse than this, way worse than this, with injuries and things like that. We have pretty much everybody healthy,” Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said. “We talked about the things we need to get better at going into the playoffs and just haven’t done it. It’s an uncomfortable feeling, which I think we like right now.”
“We’re getting challenged, we’re getting teams’ best shots,” Curry added.
Kevin Durant had 25 points before leaving with a bruised right ankle midway through the fourth on a night his teammates struggled from near and far. The cold-shooting Warriors couldn’t overcome Booker’s late onslaught in losing to Phoenix.
“Probably the worst loss of the season, unfortunately,” Golden State’s Klay Thompson said.
Splash Brothers Curry and Thompson were a combined 16 of 42 — 8 of 30 on 3s after a 4-for-22 start — and the Warriors went 10 of 43 from beyond the arc.
“One game, you miss shots,” Curry said. “We took ones we thought we could make. If they go down this could be a totally different conversation. So don’t overreact to that.”
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