PHOENIX (AP) Cameron Payne scored a career-high 29 points, Devin Booker added 27 and the Phoenix Suns easily won Stephen Curry’s 50-point night to beat the Golden State Warriors 130-119 on Wednesday.
The Suns controlled most of the game despite Curry’s scoring. The eight-time All-Star made 17 of 28 shots, with 7 of 11 coming from 3-point range.
The problem for the Warriors was that no one else helped. Klay Thompson finished with 19 points, but only shot 6 of 17. The Warriors – defending NBA champions – fell to 6-9.
Curry’s goal-scoring prowess is expected, but it was offset by one of the best games of Payne’s career. Starting in place of the injured Chris Paul, the 6-foot-3 guard made 9 of 17 shots, including 6 of 10 from outside the arc.
The Suns led 103-89 going into the fourth quarter. The Warriors quickly cut that margin, but got no closer than eight points. Damion Lee hit back-to-back 3-pointers against his former team to comfortably keep the Suns ahead.
The Suns shot 21 of 40 (52.5%) from 3-point range. Mikal Bridges had 23 points and made 5 of 8 3-pointers.
It was a hectic first half with both teams shooting very well, especially behind the bow. The Suns led 72-65 at halftime with Curry scoring 31 points. Payne had 18 for the Suns and Booker had 16.
Curry was at his best in the first half, making 10 of 13 shots from the field, including 4 of 5 three-pointers. The two-time MVP entered the game averaging about 31 points per game, reaching that goal with a free throw late in the second quarter.
The Warriors were actually at full strength while the Suns were missing two injured starters – Paul and Cam Johnson – and key reserve in Landry Shamet.
The two teams played again just over three weeks after the Suns defeated the Warriors by nearly 30 points. That game was notable for seven technical fouls and a verbal altercation between Booker and Golden State’s Klay Thompson, which ultimately resulted in Thompson’s first career ejection.
Warriors: Kevon Looney scored 10 points in the first half on 5 of 5 shooting. … Curry was called for a technical in the third quarter. … Curry passed Mitch Richmond for 49th on the NBA scoring list.
Suns: Paul (right heel pain), Shamet (concussion) and Johnson (right meniscus tear) did not play. …Debuted special blue City Edition uniforms as part of a night celebrating Arizona’s Tribal Nations. … The team was called for a technical foul in the first half after being delayed twice. … Host their 34th consecutive sellout crowd.
Warriors: Host New York on Friday night.
Suns: Friday night in Utah.
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