The Golden State Warriors used their highest scoring half the season to take a sizable lead over the Phoenix Suns halfway through Wednesday night's game at the U.S. Airways Center, but watched it disappear down the stretch just like so many other W's games this year.
The Warriors led by as much as 19 at one point in the first half, but lost guard Stephen Curry once more to injury, leaving them a bit shorthanded. Phoenix kept chipping away, eventually earning their first lead with less than four minutes left in the fourth, trading blows with the Warriors down to the wire. The Suns were down two when they called a timeout with 19.4 seconds left, setting up a Grant Hill drive to tie the game up.
And with 11 seconds left, Monta Ellis spent some time and drained a step back jumper over Grant Hill with one second left, sealing the Warriors first victory in Phoenix since March of 2005, their first in their last 13 attempts there.
Monta played 44 minutes tonight, finishing the game with 26 points and six assists, while Dorell Wright was Golden State's spark plug tonight, keeping an agressive mindset to finish with 23 points and seven rebounds. David Lee had 22, while Nate Robinson had 14 off the bench.
As for the Suns, Channing Frye and Marcin Gortat combined for 43 points, while Jerad Dudley added 17.
Golden State now enters the All-Star break with a two-game winning streak, though has a stretch of seven of their next ten games on the road waiting for them.
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