The Phoenix Suns secured yet another victory in the clutch moments of their game against the Golden State Warriors, prevailing with a final score of 119-116. However, the win was not without its tensions, as the Suns narrowly avoided squandering a nine-point lead in the last 90 seconds of the game.
Coach Frank Vogel expressed his concerns about this recurring pattern.
"Yeah, we've got to stop doing that," Vogel remarked, acknowledging the team's repeated close calls. "It's getting old ... That being said, we enjoy wins.Devin Booker, with a remarkable 32-point performance, spearheaded the Suns' offense, while Bradley Beal contributed 16 points in his comeback from a back injury. The game witnessed a critical moment when the Suns executed a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter, thanks largely to Jordan Goodwin's impressive steal and assist, leading to a reverse dunk by Booker.
That's a good win”.
Dramatic Turn of Events and Key Performances
The game took a dramatic turn in the third quarter when Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors was ejected after receiving a Flagrant 2 foul for striking Jusuf Nurkic in the face.
"That had nothing to do with basketball,” Nurkic responded to the incident. “I'm just out there trying to play basketball”.This ejection marks the 18th of Green's career, the most among active NBA players.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 24 points, but his efforts weren't enough to clinch a win. The Suns, despite the close shave, showed resilience in the closing moments. Booker’s crucial free throws and Beal's final free throws ensured their lead was safe.
This win marks the Suns' third consecutive victory over the Warriors this season. Off the court, the Suns are still waiting to see their big three – Booker, Beal, and 13-time All-Star Kevin Durant – play together. Durant sat out his second consecutive game due to a left ankle sprain.