Warriors' golden form is all about 'chemistry': Kerr

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (left) handles the ball against Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris (right) at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Feb 10, 2016.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (left) handles the ball against Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris (right) at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Feb 10, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

PHOENIX • The Golden State Warriors extended the best start in National Basketball Association history while adding to the Phoenix Suns' frustrations on Wednesday.

Guard Stephen Curry scored 26 points and guard Klay Thompson added 24 as the Warriors won their 11th straight game with a 112-104 victory at the Talking Stick Arena on Wednesday.

The Warriors (48-4) enter the All-Star weekend ahead of the pace set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' record 72-10 season.

"Satisfying is not really the word," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "It's shocking really. I mean, nobody has ever done it, right? It obviously speaks to the talent and the chemistry of the players."

Curry made five of 10 three-point attempts and has made a three-pointer in 123 consecutive regular-season games, four short of Atlanta guard Kyle Korver's NBA record.

Thompson also made five three-pointers when the Warriors went 13 of 37 from three-point range.

Forward Markieff Morris had 19 points and guard Devin Booker had 15 points and a career-high 10 assists for the Suns (14-40), who have lost nine in a row.

Curry had nine assists and nine rebounds, finishing just short of his third triple-double of the season despite not playing in the fourth quarter.

The Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs have ensured that two teams will enter the All-Star break having won at least 45 games - a first in NBA history.

All-Star Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and hit the game-winning jumper with nine-tenths of a second remaining to lead San Antonio to a 98-96 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and seven rebounds as the Spurs (45-8) won their sixth consecutive game. Reserve Patty Mills had 17 points and hit a trio of three-pointers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2016, with the headline 'Warriors' golden form is all about 'chemistry': Kerr'. Print Edition | Subscribe