For a moment there, it looked like the Golden State Warriors were experiencing a little “first loss” hangover against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. The Suns even led by four points midway through the second quarter! Then this happened:
But that was only the beginning.
The third quarter was an absolute bloodbath, with the Warriors scoring a whopping 46 points to just 19 for the Suns:
That’s right, 40 points combined for Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry on 14-of-16 shooting in the third quarter. Thompson, Curry and Draymond Green had 44 of the 46 points in the frame, and those three combined to outscore the Suns 84-68 through three quarters. They also scored 67 straight Warriors points over the end of the second quarter and start of the third quarter before a Festus Ezeli dunk at the end of the third ended that run.
Thompson finished with a season-high 43 points on 15-of-22 shooting overall and 8-of-13 from three. Stephen Curry had 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Draymond Green recorded another triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and five steals:
Green joins Guy Rodgers, Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain, Chris Mullin, Baron Davis & Stephen Curry as Warriors with 5+ career triple-doubles
— GSWStats (@gswstats) December 17, 2015
Starting center Andrew Bogut finished a team-best +41 without taking a shot. Oh, and the final score? 128-103. So make that 25-1.