SAN FRANCISCO — – Chin-ups, lunges, loud music and some good-natured banter at 10 p.m.
The Phoenix Suns held off the Golden State Warriors in a furious playoff-like finish, then got back to business after the final buzzer like they do every game — home and away.
“It’s who we are. We are a working team. Even though studies show that lifting after a game helps with recovery, I think they really enjoy being together and enjoying the work,” coach Monty Williams said. “…As I have Already said, our guys are chasing When you’re chasing something, you don’t want to achieve what you’re chasing and not be ready.
Devin Booker’s two free throws with 34.2 seconds left gave Phoenix the lead, Draymond Green traveled to return it before Chris Paul made a small jump, and the NBA’s top Suns beat the Warriors 107-103 Wednesday night back and forth. battle between the Western Conference rivals.
Jordan Poole scored a season-high 38 points to tie his career high and also contributed nine rebounds and seven assists. He had five free throws in the final 1:20.
Poole drew a loose ball foul on Booker with 39.8 seconds left and converted two free throws before Booker passed for the Suns (62-14) in their ninth straight win.
The Suns tied the franchise record with 62 wins, of which Booker said, “That means a lot.”
“We know what we work for, strength and conditioning is a big part of the game,” he said.
Paul hit a key jumper with 1:37 left and finished with 15 points and eight assists, Mikal Bridges scored 22 points and Deandre Ayton added 16 points and 16 rebounds for Phoenix.
“We felt like we had been there before,” Paul said of the atmosphere. “Obviously it’s an exciting environment to play here, the crowd goes crazy and all that, but we’ve played a ton of games like that.”
Green had a three-run game to tie the game with 2:25 left, the Suns had a three-second violation on the other end, but Golden State failed to capitalize that streak and Paul scored. Green and Jae Crowder had a few words near midfield after the final buzzer.
Booker scored 22 points but shot 5 for 21 – 2 of 8 from long range – while Torrey Craig missed all four of his 3-point tries.
The Warriors have played better defensively once again without defending champion Stephen Curry, who is nursing a foot injury that cost him seven games.
Poole shot 11 for 22 with seven 3s as Golden State headed home from a 123-95 loss at Memphis on Monday night.
“The hardest thing about Jordan is learning to play like Steph,” Williams said before the game.
Klay Thompson shot just 5 of 21 and missed nine of 10 3-point attempts in Golden State’s fourth straight loss, seventh in eight and third straight at Chase Center.
The Warriors had won the previous two matchups with the Suns, who have an eight-game road winning streak. Phoenix defeated the shot 7 for 28 on 3-pointers.
The teams split the season series into two games each.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr told his team in a morning meeting how well the Warriors had played defense in previous meetings with Phoenix and that they were able to do it again despite recent difficulties.
“Draymond took a step tonight,” Kerr said of the improvements on both sides.
Curry has yet to return to on-court basketball activities while working out from a sprained left foot, but has been working out on a treadmill in the water and in the weight room. He could resume filming soon.
“Trend in the right direction,” Kerr said.
Golden State fell to 1-6 without him during that streak.
Suns: Phoenix won at the Warriors’ home court for the first time in four tries since a 121-110 victory on Oct. 30, 2019. … The Suns won last season’s matchups 2-1 for their first winning streak since the taken the four meetings in 2010-2011. Phoenix is 19-3 on the road against the Western Conference. … Cam Johnson missed his 13th straight game with a right quad contusion. … JaVale McGee sat out with non-COVID illness, missing his second in a row and this one against his former team.
Warriors: Gary Payton II left for the locker room with 8:43 remaining but returned at 4:54 to provide a key defensive presence on the stretch. … The Warriors went on a five-game-eight-day streak to now have three games in eight days in which they won’t have to leave the state.
Suns: At the Grizzlies on Friday night after winning back-to-back in Memphis.
Warriors: Host Jazz on Saturday night after winning the last three meetings with Utah at home before completing a home-and-away game in Sacramento on Sunday.