Dragic, Phoenix beat depleted Warriors 122-109

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 8, 2014 at 11:35 pm •  Published: February 8, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — Goran Dragic had a special person he wanted to impress.

Son Mateo — age three months and three days — attended his first NBA game.

"I was a little bit hyped," Dragic said. "I tried to show him what his daddy can do."

As has been the case often in this breakout season, Dragic did a lot, especially when it mattered most.

He scored 13 of his career-high 34 points in the final seven minutes and the Phoenix Suns pulled away to beat the depleted Golden State Warriors 122-109 on Saturday night.

Dragic, who also had 10 assists, topped 30 points for the sixth time this season as the Suns (30-20) pulled a half-game ahead of the Warriors (30-21) for the sixth-best record in the Western Conference.

Gerald Green added 25 points and P.J. Tucker had 16 points and a career-best 15 rebounds for Phoenix.

After two sub-par performances in losses, the Suns might have had their best offensive game, coach Jeff Hornacek said.

"These guys were sharp," he said. "The one thing I told them, especially that fourth quarter, they played smart."

Stephen Curry had 28 points and nine assists and Harrison Barnes scored 23 points for the Warriors, who were without front-line starters Andrew Bogut and David Lee.

Both missed their second straight game, Bogut with left shoulder inflammation, Lee with a left shoulder sprain and left hip strain.

"We are a no-excuse team," Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. "Obviously we're missing those guys but we still have more than enough to win ball games. Give the credit they played extremely well. They are a very good offensive team."

Dragic, left out of the All-Star game, made 10 of 13 shots. He tied his career best for 3-pointers made with six, in seven attempts. His torrid finish came after he experienced a dizzy spell. After a couple of sports drinks, he felt better.

Dragic said Hornacek has made it clear that when the game is on the line, it's time to step up.

"I was kind of cruising the third quarter," Dragic said. "I just hit one 3 and I was not aggressive enough, and then the fourth quarter I just started playing. I just started feeling good."



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