Warriors defense struggles in 134-105 loss to Suns

The Golden State Warriors Dropped to 2-2 on the season after losing 134-105 to Phoenix Suns Tuesday night. in their own First road trip of the seasonThe Warriors traveled to Phoenix for a potential post-season preview. Most fans expected Golden State to face the Suns in the Western Conference Finals last post-season, but Phoenix was turned on its head. Dallas Mavericks.

The Suns led 37-29 towards the end of the first quarter, and carried a hot offensive start through the quarter. As has been the story of most of the Warriors’ games this season, both teams were flying in attacking fashion, but the Dobbs struggled to slow down their opponent’s pace.

Golden State tried a new second unit, brought Jonathan Kominga off the bench for Moses Modi and joined young striker Andrew Wiggins to a youth squad, and had some promising moments on Tuesday. They went in the 12-2 round to start the second quarter, and tied briefly in the 39th before the Suns small round.

This time around, it was the Warriors’ rookie players who struggled to build bench momentum, entering the late half 72-66. The Warriors have now allowed at least 70 first-half points in three of their first four games. A disappointing sign from a team that has been one of the most consistent defensive teams in the league over the past two years.

Golden State was frustrated by referee calls throughout the match. The Suns made 25 free throws before the Warriors attempted 10. This disparity combined with history between the two teams reached halfway through the third quarter when the referees made seven technical fouls within four minutes, Klay Thompson fired After a dispute with Suns goalkeeper Devin Booker. This was Thompson’s first dismissal in the NBA.

The Warriors were already struggling defensively, and fell off a cliff after Thompson left the game. The Suns led 11-0, led 105-86 in the fourth quarter, and never looked back.

The Warriors’ reserves slipped away from the Phoenix lead and three Steve made the difference to 12 with 7:32 remaining in regulation. Suns head coach Monty Williams called for it to take the time to try to slow the Golden State’s momentum and the Warriors couldn’t get any closer than ever.

Booker scored a game-high 34 points with 2 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals with +32 plus/minus. Deandre Ayton scored 16 points and 14 double rebounds. Chris Paul also scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists.

Curry led the Warriors with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists, but was unusually ineffective off the field (7 to 17) and missed two of his five free throw attempts. Draymond Green was easily the second best Dubs player, finishing 14 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals, but made 5 turnovers. Andrew Wiggins, Moody, James Wiseman and Jordan Paul finished in double digits, too.

Paul Wiseman continued to rack up points off the bench, combining to score 29 on an 11-for-20 shot from the field, but Dubs continued to struggle on the scoreboard during their minutes with -15 and -19 plus/minus, respectively.

The Warriors will return home to face the Miami Heat on Thursday. The opening notice is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. PST.

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