Warriors beat Phoenix by double digits 118-96

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots against Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Fri Dec 3, 2021 (AP News photo)

Warriors Beat Phoenix By Double Digits 118-96

By Barbara Mason

The Golden State Warriors looked like a different team in tonights game against the Phoenix Suns. Gary Payton II and Juan Toscano-Anderson came off the bench and put this game away in an incredible showing by the entire team 118-96.

Friday night the Golden State Warriors (19-3) took on the Phoenix Suns (19-4) after having lost a close one in Phoenix Tuesday. That night the Warriors had their season lows in practically every category you could imagine.

Stephen Curry had a very frustrating game Tuesday night. We all know that Curry is an absolute student of the game and he has spent a lot of time these past few days watching game film from that Tuesday game. We also know that it is rare for Curry to have back to back disappointing games.

A lot of credit has to go to the Suns for a beautifully executed game that night but even when Golden State had open shots they were just not falling. The Warrior turnovers were horrific tuesday night with 22 and the Suns jumped all over those miscues.

In tonight’s game the Warriors have to protect the ball and stuff the three point shooting by the Suns. As expected the first quarter was a close one although the Warriors turned up the heat as the clock wound down leading 28-21. This was a great start for Golden State.

The Warriors kept up the pressure in the second quarter but was letting Deandre Ayton get loose which as we have all seen is a recipe for disaster. In the quarter Mikal Bridges had to leave the floor for the locker room with an apparent hand issue.

The Suns had already lost Devin Booker for this game and so this was of great concern to Phoenix. The three’s were falling for the Warriors and the tempo of this game was far different from last Tuesdays game. Curry was four of seven from downtown and the Warriors were shooting 51% but they were missing some great looks and fouling far too much.

The Suns were only shooting 37 % but they were in this game thanks to the 20 free throws that the Warriors threw their way. The 12 point lead that the Warriors had in the quarter was whittled to three points 51-48 at the half.

The Warriors extended their lead in the third quarter leading 8t0-68. This game was a far cry from last Tuesdays game. The turnovers were still there although not as plentiful and not sloppy. Curry already had 23 points and Wiggins was having a great game with 16 points. The Warriors had to hang on one more quarter to break the Suns winning streak.

Golden State kept the pressure on in the final quarter. The Warriors continued to put up double digit leads but the Suns had had the answer through three quarters fighting back to within striking distance. Every single Warrior was fighting for this game. It was raining three’s and the defense was extraordinary for Golden State.

When you see Chris Paul angry and rattled you know you’ve got a good thing going. The Warriors had pushed the lead to twenty and Golden State was going to end this incredible winning streak. The final was 118-96.

What an amazing bounce back game for Golden State. Eight players on the roster had shot at least one three and five of them had double digits for the game. In the last game the Suns held Curry to 25% on threes and in this game he was 6 of 11.

Everything that went wrong tuesday night went right tonight. Curry finished with 23, Wiggins with 19 and Poole had 14 points. Off the bench Juan Toscano-Anderson had a great game with 17 points and Gary Payton II had 19 points.

The Warriors will be back on the court tomorrow to take on the (7-13) San Antonio Spurs. Tipoff is 5:30 PM.

Suns Top Warriors In A Thriller 104-96; Phoenix forces 23 turnovers

The Phoenix Suns Devon Booker (1) snuffs the Golden State Warriors Andrew Wiggins (right) at the Footprint Center in Phoenix Tue Nov 30, 2021 (AP News photo)

Suns Top the Warriors In A Thriller 104-96

By Barbara Mason

In the absence of Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Chris Paul and Jae Crowder picked up the slack to power the Suns to a brilliant win over the Golden State Warriors 104-96.

Tuesday night fans got to enjoy the two best shooting teams in the NBA today in a battle of the Titans; the Golden State Warriors (18-3) and the Phoenix Suns (18-3) in Phoenix.

The Suns got a quick start in the the first quarter of this game leading by a slim margin for most of the quarter. The Suns were hurting the Warriors inside but it was the three point shooting by Golden State that pushed them into the lead 35-31 after one quarter.

It was so impressive in the previous game against the Clippers when Steph Curry shot 13 points in the fourth quarter but it was equally exciting in this game with Jordan Poole shooting 16 points in the first quarter.

The quick start that the Warriors were looking for kept this game close and it would be a dog fight to the end. In the second quarter the pace really picked up and after leading by nine points the Warriors offense began to cool off. With less than one minutes left in the half the game was tied at 53. At the half the Suns had regained the lead 56-54.

The first half was a very frustrating one for Stephen Curry. The Suns had contained him relentlessly and you could see the annoyance etched all over his face. It was a disappointing game so far for Curry who was two of eight from downtown and only had eight points.

Jordan Poole finished the half with 18 points which really got the team going. Off the bench another great performance came from Otto Porter Jr bombing three’s, (he was four of six from Downtown) and scoring 12 points.

The bad news for the Suns was a hamstring strain suffered by the hot Devon Booker who would miss the second half. How much time he was going to miss was still to be determined by the severity of the injury.

The one thing that really stood out for the Warriors were the number of offensive rebounds they had. They just needed to get their rhythm back and avoid getting stagnant like they did in the final minutes of the first half. The turnovers as well had to be cleaned up.

The flow for the Suns was great compared to a stagnant and indecisive Warriors team. It was not the Warrior offense that we are used to seeing although it was good enough to remain within striking distance after three quarters trailing 80-78. Throughout the game the Suns were keeping the Warriors uncomfortable and off balance.

With under four minutes left the Warriors were in trouble trailing 99-92. The Warriors were shooting 42 percent and Curry still could not get going. The Warriors had 23 turnovers which drained the life out them. The Suns were executing a brilliant game plan. This was the first time this season that the Warriors were kept under a hundred points in a game.

The Suns did a tremendous job slowing the Warriors and forcing 23 turnovers. They contained Curry who finished with 13 point unable to get on track at all in this game. This was a heavy weight fight between two giants. While there were a number of things that hurt the Warriors the primary culprit was the turnovers. It’s very hard to win when you are constantly turning the ball over especially against a team like the Suns.

Friday night the Warriors will have another chance to level the score when they will again play the Suns and try to break this amazing winning streak that Phoenix has going. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 at Chase Center.

Suns take advantage of Kings mistake laden third quarter in 109-104 win

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) takes it to the hoop against Sacramento Kings guards Davion Mitchell (15) and Terence Davis (3) at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Mon Nov 8, 2021 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

SACRAMENTO—One quarter can make or break a team.

For the Sacramento Kings, it was a horrendous third quarter doomed them in a 109-104 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Monday evening at Golden 1 Center.

Sacramento have lost three out of its past five games. Phoenix has won a season best five games in a row after starting the season 1-3.

Sacramento (5-6) were without the services of guard Tyrese Haliburton who was out with lower back tightness.

Phoenix (6-3) were without their star center DeAndre Ayton who was out with a lower leg contusion.

The Kings got off to slow start for its second consecutive game. The Suns opened the game on a 12-4 run led by the backcourt duo of Chris Paul and Devon Booker who combined for 10 of the 12 points.

Sacramento were able to get back into the game thanks for forward Harrison Barnes’ eight points to pace the Kings in the second quarter.

Phoenix finished the first quarter on a 7-2 run as they led 34-28. Cameron Payne had nine points off the bench in the opening 12 minutes.

Davian Mitchell gave the Kings its first lead of the game with a mid-range jumper with eight minutes left in the second quarter to put Sacramento up 42-21.

Sacramento found their rhythm in the second quarter as they outscored Phoenix 36-33 to close the gap to three points as they were down 67-64 at halftime.

Point guard DeAaron Fox, who had a quiet first quarter, responded by scoring 10 points in the second quarter. Terrence Davis had a strong half with 11 points and Buddy Hield scored eight points in the second quarter.

Payne paced the Suns with 17 points in the first half as he was the only Phoenix player in double digits at halftime.

The Kings played their worst third quarter of the season. A combination of poor shooting a multiple turnovers allowed the defending Western Conference champions to take control of the game and pull away from Sacramento.

The Suns started the quarter on a 14-0 run aided by four Kings turnovers. Sacramento’s first points of the quarter were a Mitchell layup with 6:52 left. Phoenix outscored Sacramento 31-12 and ended the quarter with a comfortable 98-76 lead. Fox and Hield provided no offense for the Kings.

“We let them get easy shots, easy looks and offensive rebounds,” said Mitchell. “We didn’t play with (any sort of) pace in the third quarter.”

The Suns scored 38 points off of 24 Kings turnovers, 10 of them in the third quarter. They had more fast break points than Kings (15-13) and their bench outscored Sacramento’s 48-33.

Kings head coach Luke Walton emptied his bench in the fourth quarter as he had seen enough watching his starters perform badly after a good first half. He had Mitchell, Chimezie Metu and Damian Jones play the entire fourth quarter along Fox and Barnes.

“What I’m most disappointed in is wasted opportunities,” said Walton. “We let Phoenix take us out of what we’re doing (as a team). We gave in. So at that point, we might as well not even play and stay here and have a practice we how we came out in that third quarter.”

Phoenix allowed the Kings back in the game playing isolation ball on offense for the entire fourth quarter. The Kings stepped up their defense and got the game to under single digits.

Sacramento were able to cut the lead to 105-100 with 2:36 left in the game.

We loved the fight that the group showed, the bench. Unfortunately it took the bench to come in and do that.”

Barnes scored a layup on what was originally called a blocking foul with 1:12 left that would’ve cut the lead to one point. Suns head coach Earl Watson challenged and the call it was overturned after review with Barnes earning the offensive foul and turnover.

Still the Kings had a chance to force overtime when Booker missed two free throws with 7.4 seconds. The ensuing play ended up with a fatal turnover that led to Paul sealing the deal with two free throws to ice the game for Phoenix.

Payne led all scorers with 24 points off the bench. Booker had 18 points on 8-15 from the floor. Mikal Bridges and Paul finished with 16 points.

Barnes led the Kings with 26 points to go along with six rebounds but committed a team high six turnovers. Fox had 24 points with five turnovers. Mitchell finished with 12 points and six rebounds in the losing effort.

GAME NOTES: Robert Woodward II was out with a hamstring injury for Sacramento and Dario Saric did not play for Phoenix with a knee injury.

Sacramento finished 5-7 in Pacific Division games and 16-20 at home last season. The Kings averaged 113.8 points per game while allowing opponents to score 117.6 last season.

Phoenix went 51-20 overall and 30-12 in Western Conference play during the 2020-21 season. The Suns averaged 7.2 steals, 4.3 blocks and 12.0 turnovers per game last season.

The two teams played for the second time this season. The Kings defeated the Suns 110-107 in their last meeting on Oct. 28. Buddy Hield led the Kings with 26 points, and Devin Booker led the Suns with 31 points.

UP NEXT: Sacramento begins a four-game road trip on Wednesday 11/10 as they take on the San Antonio Spurs at 5:30pm at AT&T Center.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings coming off big win against Suns; Sac in New Orleans tonight

The Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) drives on the Phoenix Suns guard Devon Booker (1) in the first half at the Footprint Center in Phoenix on Wed Oct 27, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah it was a big night for the Sacramento Kings (2-2) getting a victory over the Phoenix Suns (1-3) on Wednesday night 110-107 the Suns are no easy customer and winning in Phoenix is no easy task either.

#2 The Kings got a buzzer beater from Harrison Barnes who hit a three pointer for the three point victory for Barnes whose been in the league for sometime it had to be something special to get a win like that for Sacramento.

#3 Barnes also had a great night finishing second in scoring with 22 points with Buddy Hield finishing first with 26 points the Kings have been getting some great offense and have been involved in some close games.

#4 The Kings couldn’t stop the Suns Devon Booker who topped all scorers on Wednesday night with 31 points but the Kings were able to weather the Suns and were able to stay close and pull it off in the end.

#5 The Kings are in New Orleans tonight against the Pelicans (1-4). The Pelicans fell on hard luck in their last game against a very physical and great offensive Atlanta Hawks (3-1) team losing 102-99 in New Orleans. Jeremiah set the stage for this one as the Kings open a three game road trip starting tonight in New Orleans.

Join Jeremiah for the Kings podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Barnes hits clutch 3-pointer as Kings edge Suns 110-107

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (0) jumps for joy and on the back of teammate guard Tyrese Haliburton (40) as D’Aaron Fox (5) smiles in the background after Barnes converts a three point game winning shot in the fourth quarter to defeat the Phoenix Suns on Wed Oct 27, 2021 in Phoenix (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Harrison Barnes canned a 3-pointer as time expired in the fourth quarter, thwarting a Phoenix comeback and giving the Sacramento Kings a 110-107 victory over the Suns Wednesday at Footprint Center in downtown Phoenix.

Buddy Hield led the Kings (2-2) with 26 points in 27 minutes off the bench, while Barnes finished with 22 points, four assists and nine rebounds. Hield 7 of 11 on 3-pointers.

De’Aaron Fox had 18 points and nine assists, Richaun Holmes was Sacramento’s top rebounder with 12 boards to go with 12 points, Tyrese Haliburton had 15 points and Alex Len – who played his first five NBA seasons with Phoenix – added 10 points for the Kings.

Devin Booker was the Suns’ top scorer with a season-high 31 points; he also had eight assists and six rebounds. Deandre Ayton finished with 21 points and 21 rebounds, Mikal Bridges had 15 points and Elfrid Payton and Jae Crowder each added 10 points for Phoenix.

After the Suns (1-3) led 61-53 at halftime, they went cold in the third quarter, while Sacramento heated up and took an 82-76 lead after three periods. The Kings used a 17-6 run to surge ahead.

Phoenix went on a 12-2 run late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 107-107 on a Bridges dunk with 34 seconds to play, completing a rally to erase a 13-point Sacramento lead

The Suns came up with a defensive stop on the next possession, but Booker missed an 18-foot jumper with 1.4 seconds left. Fox then threw an inbounds pass to Barnes, who spotted up two feet behind the arc with Booker guarding him tightly. Barnes hit nothing but net as the horn sounded.

Phoenix, the defending Western Conference champions, finished the game 6 of 22 from 3-point range (27 percent).
The Kings’ road trip continues on Friday in New Orleans.

NBA Finals podcast Joe Hawkes: Bucks just one away from winning it all; Milwaukee wins game five 123-119

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, top, dunks over Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul during game 5. The Bucks hold a 3-2 lead at Milwaukee on Sat Jul 17, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the NBA Finals podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 The Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks have played some close basketball and game 5 on Saturday night in Phoenix was no different the Buck won it four points.

#2 In game 5 the Bucks offense were looking for Giannis Antetokounompo who led all scorers with 32

#3 Khris Middleton has been big for the Bucks in the Finals he finished in second in scoring with 29 on Saturday night.

#4 The Phoenix Suns Devin Booker couldn’t do it all he scored 40 but it wasn’t enough as the Bucks scored just enough to put the series on the brink.

#5 It is game six the Bucks have the home floor on Tuesday night who do you see having the most pressure in game six the Bucks or Suns?

Join Joe for a look at the NBA Finals or baseball coverage by next Friday night http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NBA Finals podcast with Joe Hawkes: Suns rolling could they put Bucks on their backs tonight?

The Phoenix Suns Devin Booker (right) drives on the Milwaukee Bucks Khris Middleton (left) in the first half of game 2 of the NBA Finals on Fri Jul 9, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the NBA Finals podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe the Phoenix Suns got to a big jump on the Milwaukee Bucks with a 2-0 series lead what would you allude being the biggest reason for that happening.

#2 Joe, talk about the Suns big three who scored in double figures in game 2 Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, and Chris Paul they were potent in the playoffs and wasted no time getting off the dime in the first two games of the Finals.

#3 The Suns defense is also credited by keeping the Bucks at bay with the game 2, 118-108 win. The Suns have demonstrated what kind of team they’ve been from the defensive side of the ball.

#4 For Giannis Anteokounmpo he led the Bucks in scoring with 42 in game 2 it seems like when the Bucks go on offense the balls going to him but they Bucks are going to need a lot more than Giannis to try and come back and get back in these Finals.

#5 Game 3 tonight Suns up 2-0 Bucks have the home floor there will little doubt the Bucks will be fired up to try and get a win on the home floor.

Joe Hawkes does the NBA Finals podcast Sundays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NBA Finals podcast with Joe Hawkes: Bucks heading to Finals for first time since 1974; Suns first time back since 1993

The Milwaukee Bucks touch the Eastern Conference Champion Trophy for good luck after game 6 Sat Jul 3, 2021 in Atlanta as they prepare for game 1 on Tue Jul 6, 2021 in Phoenix against the Western Conference Champions Suns (AP News photo)

On the NBA Finals podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 The Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo who missed his second straight game against the Atlanta Hawks out due to a knee injury could be assured that his talented teammates pressed on without him and won Saturday’s sixth game 118-107 to move onto the NBA Finals.

#2 Giannis Antetokounmpo has been the staple for the Bucks since his acquisition and he’s not doubt going to be a huge part of these finals coming off that knee injury.

#3 The last two games the Bucks won in games 5 and 6 and they made it look relatively easy with an 11 point win to close out the Hawks on Saturday night.

#4 The Phoenix Suns have handled many of their opponents in the post season and closed out the Los Angeles Clippers in game six last Wednesday 130-103. The Suns Chris Paul put away the Clippers almost single handedly with 41 points.

#5 Tip off for game 1 of the Finals is on Tuesday 6th in Phoenix Joe how do you look at this series that opens up on the Suns home floor.

Join J Hawkes for the NBA Finals podcast Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NBA Western Conference Finals podcast with J Hawkes: Suns push Clippers to the brink; Game five on Monday

The Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker takes a shot against the Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverly during the first half of game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals at Staples Center in Los Angeles Sat Jun 26, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the NBA Western Conference Finals podcast with Joe:

#1 Joe, You just can’t imagine the pressure the Los Angeles Clippers must feel after taking a 84-80 loss in game four on Saturday and now they are down 3-1 with game five in Phoenix on Monday night.

#2 The Clippers missed three free throws and were looking for the three but it was former Clipper Chris Paul who converted three free throw shots that helped in this very close contest.

#3 The Suns Devin Booker led with 25 points and fouled out of the contest in the final minute of the game. Booker gave it everything he had and because of his effort the Suns were able to out score the Clippers in the end.

#4 If the Suns can beat the Clippers on Monday night it would mark the first time since 1993 that the Suns have been in the NBA Finals it’s a been a long road to get this far but the Suns are now just one game away from getting to the finals.

#5 To show you how successful the Suns have been in the playoffs they took out the Lakers in round one 4-2 and the Denver Nuggets in a sweep 4-0 and momentum in this series with a 3-1 lead over the Clippers.

Join Joe Hawkes for the NBA Finals podcasts next Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NBA Playoff podcast with Joe Hawkes: Suns Booker nets 40 big effort defeats Clippers in game one, 120-114

The Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) lets everyone know who controlling this game as the Los Angeles Clippers guard Terrance Mann stands by (right) during game 1 of the NBA Playoffs at Phoenix on Sun Jun 20, 2021(AP News photo)

NBA Playoffs podcast with Joe Hawkes:

#1 The Phoenix Suns got some big scoring from Devin Booker (40 points) and Deandre Ayton (20) points good enough to beat the Los Angeles Clippers in game 1 on Sunday in Phoenix.

#2 The Clippers Chris Paul was out due to Covid 19 protocols how much did that handicap the Clippers.

#3 The Clippers got some scoring production out of Paul George who led with 34 points and Reggie Jackson with 24 but in the end the Clips came up short.

#4 Joe, Talk about the Suns general manager James Jones who just beat out the Utah Jazz vice president of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey for the Executive of the Year Award. The Sun did do a number on the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets to get this far and that might have made the difference for Jones winning the award.

#5 Tuesday is game 2 of the series in Phoenix and the Clippers are hoping to get Paul back in the line up they found out what a nemesis the Sun can be and if there were to drop game 2 they would have their hands full going back to Los Angeles down 0-2.

Join J Hawkes for the NBA Playoffs podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com