Thompson, Warriors hold off Suns

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Updated: February 21, 2013

Klay Thompson scored 21 of his 28 points in the
first half and the Golden State Warriors held off the Phoenix Suns, 108-98, to
stop a season-long six-game losing streak.

Jarrett Jack added 21 points, Stephen Curry checked in with 20 and 11 assists
and David Lee posted 19 points and 11 rebounds to get the Warriors back on
track.

Golden State forced 16 turnovers and never trailed after the opening minute.

Goran Dragic paced the Suns with 20 points and 10 assists, while Jermaine
O’Neal chipped in 17 points and 12 boards in the loss. Luis Scola also posted
a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to earn
back-to-back victories after winning at Portland on Tuesday.

Thompson scored 14 points in a first quarter that saw the Warriors shoot 74
percent (14-of-19) from the field en route to a 33-26 lead.

Phoenix went into halftime trailing, 57-49, and squandered a chance to go in
front when Marcin Gortat was way off the mark on a hook shot from the left
block midway through the third quarter.

Golden State scored 11 of the next 15 points to stay in front, 79-71, and Carl
Landry’s late layup provided an 85-76 lead heading to the fourth.

The Warriors seemingly pulled away with a 9-2 run that ended with Andrew Bogut
blocking O’Neal’s attempted reverse dunk and Jack draining a 3-pointer for a
94-84 lead with 6:41 to play.

The Suns stayed close by scoring six straight points, but Curry got a floater
to fall and pulled up for a 3-pointer that resulted in a 99-90 lead, and the
Warriors controlled the final 3 1/2 minutes.

Game Notes

Golden State won the season series with Phoenix in consecutive seasons for the
first time since winning four straight from the 1973-74 season through 1976-77
… Dragic also recorded a career-high five steals … Bogut played a season-
high 29:19 and finished with seven points and 11 rebounds.