OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry started campaigning early, sending several signals out to coach Mark Jackson for playing time.
"He was ignoring me, turning his back on me and giving me that look my kids give me when they want something special for Christmas," Jackson said. "He wanted badly to be out on the floor."
Curry returned after missing two games with an ankle injury and scored 19 of his 29 points in the second half, helping the Golden State Warriors beat the Phoenix Suns 113-93 on Saturday night.
"I've been through that same conversation with him three times," Curry said of Jackson. "I put up a good fight today. I was 0 for 2 before that. It was not really a pain issue but a swelling issue. I gave it all day to lessen and then conferred with the trainers to get the OK."
Jackson was unsure if Curry would be available until watching him during the shootaround.
"We went with him and he had a heck of a ballgame," he said.
Harrison Barnes matched his season high with 21 points for the Warriors, who have won four straight and seven of nine overall. David Lee had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Klay Thompson added 17 points and Andrew Bogut finished with 11.
"Not enough credit goes to Barnes," Jackson said. "Here's a rookie who is playing a huge role in us being 13 games over .500. He is competing."
Curry, who twisted his right ankle in the third quarter of Monday night's win over Toronto, was 6 for 10 from 3-point range as Golden State beat Phoenix for the fourth straight time.
"We were a little lackadaisical in the first half," Curry said. "We didn't have a lot of energy. I got some open looks, we got some stops and we were able to go in transition."
The Warriors recorded a season-high 34 assists and had four players — Curry, Lee, Thompson and Jarrett Jack — with at least seven for the first time in franchise history and the first time in the NBA since Nov. 24, 2006, when the Denver Nuggets did it against the Warriors.
Michael Beasley scored 24 points for the Suns, who have dropped four of five. Jared Dudley added 16 points, Goran Dragic scored 13 and Luis Scola had 14 rebounds.