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    Curry returns but Suns beat Warriors for third time this season

    Jan 11, 2023

    SAN FRANCISCO — Mikal Bridges had 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists and the undermanned Suns dominated in Stephen Curry's return from injury as Phoenix beat the Golden State Warriors for a third time this season, 125-113, on Tuesday night (Wednesday, Manila time) to snap a season-worst six-game skid.

    Former Warriors guard Damion Lee received his championship ring in a pregame ceremony from brother-in-law Curry, then scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds against his former team. He converted six free throws over the final 1:13 and went 14 of 14 from the line overall.

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    Duane Washington Jr. scored 21 points, Dario Saric contributed 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and Torrey Craig had 12 points and 14 rebounds for a deep Phoenix team missing four of five starters and six of eight rotation regulars.

    Curry came back from an 11-game absence with a partially dislocated left shoulder to score 24 points on 8-for-22 shooting. Klay Thompson had 29 points with six 3-pointers — four 3s and 14 points in the first quarter alone. Jordan Poole's 3 with 1:28 remaining cut it to 117-111, and he scored 27 points.

    While Warriors coach Steve Kerr noted, "to go 6-5 without Steph is an accomplishment," the reigning NBA Finals MVP couldn't do it all against a Phoenix team missing injured stars Devin Booker, Chris Paul, Deandre Ayton and Cameron Johnson. The first two meetings in the desert were lopsided, with the Suns winning 134-105 and 130-119.


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    The Warriors have lost three in a row after a season-best five-game winning streak, wrapping up an eight-game homestand that matched the longest in franchise history.

    Andre Iguodala was ejected with 4:30 left in his second game played this season. But the defending champions had their starting five back together for the first time in several weeks.

    Thompson was a late scratch with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee for a 115-101 loss to the Magic on Saturday night as the Warriors dropped consecutive home games for the first time all season. Now they have to hit the road again trying to best their 3-16 record away from Chase Center.



    Lee, who spent the past four seasons with Golden State, received a warm ovation when he entered the game for the first time at the 5:09 mark of the first quarter.

    "It's amazing, it's a special moment that I won't take for granted," Lee said.

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    Suns: Bridges played his 351st consecutive regular-season game, the longest active streak ahead of Golden State big man Kevon Looney (152). Phoenix coach Monty Williams credits Bridges' toughness to play through anything. "To pinpoint it's this or that, I think it's a combination of things. I just know we value it," Williams said. "He's just a guy that loves to play." ... The Suns will try for a season sweep when they come back for one more at Chase Center on March 13.

    Warriors: Looney had grabbed 10 or more rebounds in five straight games but missed doing so for a career-best sixth in a row. ... Poole has scored 20 or more points in eight straight games for the second-longest 20-point streak in his career. ... The Warriors wound up 5-3 on the homestand. ... Play-by-play announcer Tim Roye was named National Sports Media Association 2022 California Sportscaster of the Year. "Tim is beloved here and he's phenomenal at his job," Kerr said.


    Suns: At Denver on Wednesday night to conclude the tough road-road back-to-back.

    Warriors: At San Antonio on Friday night to begin a five-game trip.

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