photo sfgate.com: Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives around Golden State Warriors forward Marquese Chriss (32) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Phoenix.
By Jerry Feitelberg
The Warriors, with newly-acquired Andrew Wiggins, played a very entertaining game against the Phoenix Suns Wednesday evening in the Valley of the Sun. There’s an old saying that a team cannot win the game in the first period, but they sure as hell can lose it.
That’s what happened to the Warriors. They turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter. The Suns took advantage, and they sprinted to a 10-point lead 34-24 after 12 minutes of play.
The Warriors handled the ball better in the second quarter. They did commit four turnovers. What they couldn’t do is stop the Suns’, Devin Booker. Booker torched the Dubs with 18 points in the first half. The Suns scored 22 points off turnovers in the half.
The Warriors scored five in that department. The Warriors won the second quarter 26-24 to finish the first half trailing by eight 58-50. Marquese Chriss led the Warriors with 12. Andrew Wiggins, playing his third game as a Warrior, had ten.
The Warriors made a run in the third period to close within a single point of the lead 62-62. Phoenix did not fold. They beat back the Warriors challenge. The Warriors didn’t help themselves as they committed seven turnovers in the period. Phoenix was able to finish the third period leading by eleven 87-76.
The Warriors fought back. They were led by the play of Eric Paschall, Andrew Wiggins, and Jeremy Pargo. The 33-year-old Pargo, who signed a 10-day contract, played as if his NBA career was on the line, which it is. The Warriors came within four 100-96. Phoenix again rebuffed the Warriors challenge to win 112-106.
Game Notes and Stats- With the loss, the Warriors record dropped to 12-43. Phoenix improved to 22-33. Suns’ head coach Monty Williams has led his team to more wins than they had for the entire 2018-2019 season.
The Warriors committed 22 turnovers in the game. The Suns turned those turnovers into 32 points. The Warriors scored 11 points off 14 Suns’ miscues.
The Suns took 14 more shots than the Warriors. They were 42 for 91 from the floor. The Warriors were 39 for 77. The Warriors shot 50.6% from the floor. That will typically win the game for a team. The Suns shot 46.2%. Golden State connected on 11 threes, the Suns knocked down 14.
The Warriors had six players in double figures. Andrew Wiggins had his best game as a Warriors. Wiggins knocked down 27 points, four boards, five assists, made three threes in four tries and blocked a career-high four shots. Marquese Chriss had a double-double.
The 22-year-old Chriss continues to impress. He had 18 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists. Jeremy Pargo helped out with 15. Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall each had 12. Damion Lee finished with ten. Draymond Green had six points, six rebounds, and nine assists.
The Suns were led by Booker’s 27 points. Booker, who is tenth in the NBA in scoring, was not an All-Star selection. Booker played as if he had a chip on his shoulder as he was all over the court Wednesday night. He had five rebounds, eight assists, and made two-threes to go along with his 27 points.
Kelly Oubre, Jr. Cheick Diallo had tenpois and eight boards. Elie Okobo 12, Mikal Bridges 14. The veteran point guard, Ricky Rubio scored nine points, had five rebounds, and recorded nine assists.
Wednesday’s night game was the last game before the NBA’s annual All-Star weekend. The Warriors will not have anyone representing them on Sunday. Eric Paschall will be going to Chicago as he has been recognized as one of the Rising Stars in the NBA.
The All-Star game will start at 5 pm. The Eastern Conference team will be led by Giannis Antekounmpo. The West by LeBron James.