PHOENIX — Taking on the NBA’s most prolific backcourt, Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic more than held their own.
Bledsoe scored seven of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and Dragic added 21 points to help the Phoenix Suns hold off Stephen Curry and the Warriors 106-102 Sunday night for their fifth consecutive win.
“For this game, facing one of the best 1-2 punches in the game right now, it was a challenge,” Bledsoe said. “We definitely feel good about ourselves.”
Bledsoe added eight rebounds and eight assists and Channing Frye added 20 for the Suns, who snapped a six-game losing streak against Golden State.
Curry scored 30 points, including 20 in the second half, and Klay Thompson added 19 for the Warriors, who have lost three of four. David Lee added 18 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double.
“I am finding that the guys in the suit and tie want it more than the guys in uniform,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “It’s disappointing right now. We are going to be fine, but it’s disappointing to once again lose in the same fashion.
“We see it. Everybody sees it. But I don’t see anybody in uniform with that same passion. Enough is enough at some point. We are watching the same movie every single night.”
The Warriors lost even though Curry and Thompson bettered their 44 points-per-game average and went a combined 6 for 11 on 3-pointers.
“We think our guards can play with any of them,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. “Those are two great guards that they have on that team and our guys fought them all game.”
Golden State trailed by as many as nine in the third quarter, but pulled to within 76-75 on Curry’s 3-pointer that capped a 10-2 Golden State run.
Maurice Speights brought the Warriors even for the first time since 3:41 of the first quarter, sinking a 3-pointer with 1:15 left in the third to knot the score at 81-all.