Nov 28, 2015 12:34 AM
Curry scores 41 points, Warriors pour in 3s to go 17-0
The Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) Stephen Curry scored 41 points in three quarters, Draymond Green had a triple-double and the Golden State Warriors beat Phoenix 135-116 Friday night, extending their NBA-record start to 17-0.
The Warriors set a franchise mark for 3-pointers with 22, one shy of the league record, in 38 attempts.
Curry made a season-high nine of his 16 tries from long range in his 14th career 40-point game, five of them this season. Green had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his third career triple-double, two this season.
The Warriors, in their highest-scoring game of the season, set another NBA mark by making 15 3-pointers (in 20 attempts) in the first half. Leandro Barbosa added 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including 5 for 5 on 3s.
T.J. Warren scored a career-high 28 points for the Suns in their third straight loss and fourth in five games.
Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe added 21 points apiece for Phoenix. Klay Thompson scored 15 for the Warriors.
Golden State jumped out to a 20-point lead in the first quarter and the Suns never got it to single digits again.
In the first half, Curry went 7 of 9 on 3s and scored 27 points. Golden State had a 75-57 lead at the break after matching its highest-scoring half in a so-far perfect season.
Curry and the rest of the Warriors came out firing, scoring the game's first eight points, capped by the first of Curry's flurry of 3s. The Warriors kept hitting from long range and the last of Curry's five first-quarter 3s put Golden State up 39-19. The Warriors led 44-27 after their highest-scoring first quarter of the season.
Seven players made at least one 3-pointer for the Warriors. In the first half, Golden State shot 66 percent overall but was even better from 3-point range at 75 percent.
By contrast, Phoenix made five 3s four fewer than Curry in 13 tries.
The Suns lost starting center Tyson Chandler, Phoenix's major offseason signee, with a strained right hamstring in the first quarter. Golden State starting forward Harrison Barnes left the game in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle.
Warriors: Dating to the start of last season, including the postseason, the Warriors are 100-20. ...With eight straight wins on the road, Golden State is two shy of the franchise record set last season.
Suns: The 135 points were the most Phoenix has allowed this season and the 75 were the most in a half. ... The Warriors' 22 3s were the most ever against the Suns and 11 more than any other team has made versus Phoenix this season.
Warriors: At Sacramento on Saturday night.
Suns: At Toronto on Sunday.
This story has been corrected with Warriors at 17-0, not 18-0.