Warriors bounce back from defeat yet again

The Golden State Warriors have gone on an NBA-record 106 games without consecutive regular-season losses.
The Golden State Warriors have gone on an NBA-record 106 games without consecutive regular-season losses.PHOTO: EPA

NBA runners-up avoid successive league losses for first time since April 2015 by pummelling Suns

OAKLAND (California) • The Golden State Warriors had gone an NBA-record 105 games without consecutive regular-season losses before facing the Phoenix Suns on Saturday at Oracle Arena.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson made sure that record streak stayed alive at 106. Curry scored 31 points and Thompson 26 as they beat the Phoenix Suns 138-109.

The Warriors bounced back from a 132-127 double-overtime loss to Houston on Thursday in the National Basketball Association league.

"I don't know how long we can keep that streak alive, but it's really impressive," Thompson said.

"I'm not going to lie. It's something we're really proud of. It shows the world we respond when we have an off night."

  • 106

    Golden State have extended their record streak of regular-season NBA games without back-to-back losses.

    66.7%

    The Warriors' three-point percentage shooting against Phoenix is their best since the 68.8 per cent nearly four years ago at Cleveland.

Curry drew a blank when he was asked if he knew when the last time Golden State dropped back-to-back games in the regular season. Who could blame him?

The last time that happened was April 5 and 7 last year when they lost to San Antonio and New Orleans, on the road.

"There's a resiliency to our team, but in this league anything can happen," Curry said. "So for us to be able to correct mistakes and find ways to bounce back quickly and not have multiple games in a row, where you don't show up to play, says a lot about the character we have on this team.

"Obviously, in the regular season you want to continue to build momentum and not have those ruts and hopefully that continues through the play-offs."

Draymond Green had a season-high 13 assists, nine points and five rebounds for the Warriors (17-3). Kevin Durant added 20 points and eight assists.

David West had a season-high 10 points off the bench, going five of five from the field. JaVale McGee, another reserve, had 11 points and six rebounds.

Eric Bledsoe led the Suns (6-14) with 27 points and Devin Booker had 21. Brandon Knight scored 14 points off the bench.

The Warriors shot 66.7 per cent from three-point range (14 of 21), their highest percentage since shooting 68.8 per cent at Cleveland on Jan 29, 2013. Thompson made six of seven from long range and Curry was five of seven.

Phoenix made 11 of 32 (34.4 per cent) three-point shots.

"We know they're a great team at home," Suns coach Earl Watson said. "They're a great team anywhere. They came in and bounced back after a loss, and you have to give them credit for that. They came out focused. They came out with a purpose. They shot the ball great."

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