Curry leads Warriors past Suns 115-86

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 28, 2013 at 2:31 am •  Published: December 28, 2013
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry found other ways to contribute when his shooting skills let him down a bit.

Curry had career highs of 16 assists and 13 rebounds to go with 14 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Phoenix Suns 115-86 Friday night for their fourth straight victory.

"It's very weird," Curry said. "Coming in to help the bigs I was able to snag a lot of rebounds early. I've never really done that at any level."

Curry set the tone for the Warriors' largest margin of victory since a 31-point win over the depleted Los Angeles Lakers on opening night.

"He was spectacular," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "I love the way he competed. It was impressive the way he ran the team and kept his foot on the gas pedal."

Curry said it was Golden State's most complete game of the season.

"We didn't have any lapses," he said. "This is something we envisioned at the beginning of the season when we were all healthy."

Klay Thompson scored 21 points and David Lee added 17 for the Warriors, who matched their longest winning streak of the season. Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green had 11 apiece.

"It was good to get one of these wins," Lee said. "Phoenix is ahead of us in the standings. I love the way our team is playing."

P.J. Tucker had 11 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Suns, who had won three straight and eight of nine.

"It was total breakdown on everything," coach Jeff Hornacek said. "That's the first egg that we've laid for the season. You're going to have those games every once in a while. They really attacked us and we were slow to everything."

Curry, who played 1 minute of the fourth quarter, had a rough shooting night and made just one of six 3-point attempts. He more than made up for it with his passing and rebounding for his third career triple-double.

His 16 assists were the most by a Warriors player since Tim Hardaway had 19 on Jan. 8, 1990.

"He did an unbelievable job," Lee said. "I thought he was having a decent night, but I didn't realize how good until I looked up and saw the numbers."

The Suns missed their final six shots of the first half, allowing the Warriors to open a 59-40 advantage heading into the break.