Warriors snap 6-game skid, beat Suns 108-98

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2013 at 1:02 am •  Published: February 21, 2013
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — With his team stuck in a season-high, six-game losing streak, Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson called facing the Phoenix Suns "the biggest game of the season for us" just before tipoff against the Western Conference's worst team.

Apparently his players got the message.

Klay Thompson had 28 points and eight rebounds, David Lee finished with 19 points and 11 boards and the Warriors held on to beat the Suns 108-98 on Wednesday night to end their longest slide of the season.

"This is a game we should have won and we did win," Jackson said. "And I like the fashion in which we did it."

Jarrett Jack added 21 points off the bench and Stephen Curry scored 20, with both making some key shots late to secure Golden State's first victory in almost three weeks. The Warriors hadn't won since routing Phoenix 113-93 on Feb. 2, and some offered an even simpler solution to the problem.

"Maybe we need to play them more often," Jack joked.

Coming off a win at Portland a night earlier, Phoenix regressed again.

Goran Dragic had 20 points and 10 assists and Jermaine O'Neal added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who have lost five straight to Golden State, including all three meetings this season. Phoenix went down by 10 points in the first quarter and played from behind the rest of the way.

"We're trying to create a mentality here. We're trying to learn how to be a good team," O'Neal said. "To fight and keep coming back, that's what you want. The next step is how do you keep that fight and get over the hump? That's the thing we're learning as a group now."

After losing at Utah on Tuesday night in the first game since the All-Star break, Jackson put the pressure on his team to perform. He said the game would reveal a lot about his team's character and resolve.

Just as the coach had hoped, the heart and hustle that defined Golden State's surprising run this season slowly started to return — along with its shooting stroke. Facing the Suns certainly helped, too.

The Warriors began 14 for 19 from the floor behind their streaky second-year shooting guard. On a night the team gave away promotional bobblehead dolls of him, Thompson made his first six shots, including a pair of 3-pointers that gave Golden State a 29-19 lead late in the first quarter.

Jackson even joked he already had two dolls signed by Thompson for the coach's younger sons.

In another moment worth savoring for the Warriors, Andrew Bogut took his latest step forward. The 7-foot center had 11 rebounds, seven points and three blocks in a season-high 29 minutes while playing in back-to-back games for the first time since his comeback from left ankle surgery.



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