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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after making a 3-point shot against Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
It was bound to happen.

That it took 28 games into the 2013-14 season might be a surprise. That it occurred in one of the toughest venues in the NBA, Oracle Arena, was not.

The Phoenix Suns had endured double-digit road losses this season in Memphis and in Miami, but nothing like the convincing blowout the Golden State Warriors laid on them in a 115-86 affair Friday night.

Stephen Curry recorded his second triple-double -- 14 points, 16 assists and 13 rebounds -- of the season, David Lee pitched in 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists and the Warriors took full advantage of 16 turnovers in a complete dismantling of the Suns.


Even though the Suns were thoroughly outplayed Friday, P.J. Tucker managed to record his second double-double of the season, scoring 11 points to go along with 12 boards.

Phoenix played a total of 12 players, however Tucker was the only one to reach double-figure scoring.


The Suns scored a season-low 86 points on 36 percent (32-of-89) shooting from the field.

After hitting 29 three-point shots in wins of the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix came back down to earth, connecting on just 4-of-23 from distance.

Gerald Green had been on fire of late, hitting 16-of-31 three-point attempts in his last three contests. Green finished with seven points on 1-of-5 shooting from downtown Friday.


The Suns finished the night with more turnovers (16) than assists (12).


Phoenix's last loss by 20 or more points came in its 2012-13 season finale in Denver.

The Suns have not won in Golden State since Feb. 2011.

Jeff Hornacek's squad entered play Friday leading the league with 19.0 fast-break points per game. Phoenix finished with just 10 against Golden State.


The Suns will have a chance to quickly move on from their shortcomings against the Warriors, as they face the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night at US Airways Center in the second game of a back-to-back. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. MST and can be heard on Arizona Sports 620.

Dave Dulberg, Web Content Editor -

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