Klay Thompson came out gunning for the Suns with 14 1st quarter points, making six out of his seven shots, as the built a seven point lead the Suns were never able to overcome. Jarrett Jack[ed] up a number of bombs himself and the Warriors managed to hold off the Suns frontline assault from Luis Scola [14 & 10] and Jermaine "I wonder where i will be tomorrow" O’Neal [17 & 12].
The Warriors shot 14 of 19 and took a lead despite the fact the Suns were able to get off 26 shots in the quarter behind Goran Dragic’s 10 points and 5 assists. From that point, it was a game of mini-attacks as the Suns would mount several, drawn out and difficult attempts to take the lead, only to give back everything they gained in a matter of a few possessions each time.
The second quarter saw the Suns scorch the nets on 10 of 19 from the field with the "all I-am-not-going-to-be-on-this-team-tomorrow" lineup of Marshall, Johnson, Beasley, Morris and O’Neal. Meanwhile, the red-hot Warriors flamed out with an 8-24 shooting quarter. You would think the Suns would have climbed back into the game, but you would be wrong. The Suns managed to lose the quarter by a single point behind 6 turnovers, giving up a number of easy buckets on the break.
The half of basketball seemed as though the Suns struggled to get anything they got, while the Warriors moved and flowed like a team that wants to play together. This was evident from their 19 assists on 22 field goals.
The third quarter saw the Suns scrap and claw their way to within four. Well, scrap and claw wouldn’t really be the term. They continued to hit shots, going 10-17 in the quarter. Jared Dudley hit all three of his shots, including two three balls and a dunk. YES, a legitimate dunk.
At one point they had hit 7-9 and were within one point on a PJ Tucker post up. Then Stephen Curry hits a runner, MOrris hits the side of a barn, and Landry gets a fast break bucket and the Suns were down six again, just like that. The Suns turn it over on the next possession [albeit on a no-call foul on Dragic] and Klay drops another bomb to put us back in the eight point hole. Once again, hot shooting on the Suns part and terrible shooting on the Warriors, yet they still outscore us by a point in the third quarter.
There was more of the same in the fourth quarter, as the Suns cut it to three with 9:43 to go on a Beasley three. Then it was the GSW backcourt show, as Curry hit a runner, Morris charged, Jack tossed one in, Beasley walked and Curry finds Lee wide open for a dunk and it was quickly back to a nine point lead.
But wait, there is more. The Suns managed to cut it to 4 with just over four minutes left. Once again, Curry with a runner, a Scola miss, Curry with a three, a Dudley miss, David Lee with the post hook, a Tucker miss and the series ends with a Jack three to put the Warriors up twelve. Game Over!
Player of the Game:
Jarrett Jack, 21 points off the bench. Sure, I could have gone the easy route and picked Thompson for his 28 points and 8 rebounds, but I like to shock people. Jack seemed to hit big shots every time the Suns got close.
Suns Wasted Performance of the Game:
Goran Dragic, who once again put together a great performance with 20 points and 10 assists to go along with 5 steals. I am just sorry he is wasting these performances in meaningless losses.
Showcase for Trade Value Player of the Game:
Jermaine O’Neal, 17 and 12 in 22 minutes. Is it not obvious that this guy still can produce for someone. Come on league, someone needs to drop a first round pick for this guy!
Missing In Action Player of the Game:
Sebastian Telfair and Shannon Brown. Is it not obvious that we are showcasing guys at this point?
Quote Of The Night:
"The only difference between Klay Thompson and Wes Johnson is confidence." Eddie Johnson, Suns Analyst
Hair of the Night:
No, not Beasley. This one goes to Andrew Bogut, for proudly displaying his tribute to Tom Chambers by rocking the TC Mullet.