NBA regular season

Suns set down Warriors, tie team record with 17th straight win

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Suns set down Warriors, tie team record with 17th straight win

TOP SQUADS. A disappointed Stephen Curry walks past Devin Booker in the Warriors' loss to the Suns.

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The hot Suns match a record winning streak as Warriors star Steph Curry struggles, posting a woeful 4-of-21 shooting clip

Jae Crowder hit a pair of jumpers, including a three-pointer, after the Golden State Warriors had closed within one point in the fourth quarter and the host Phoenix Suns went on to win the Pacific Division showdown, 104-96, for a franchise-record-tying 17th consecutive victory Tuesday night, November 30 (Wednesday, December 1, Manila time).

Deandre Ayton (24 points, 11 rebounds) and Chris Paul (15 points, 11 assists) recorded double-doubles for the Suns, who won despite losing Devin Booker to a strained left hamstring in the second quarter.

The Suns’ winning streak matches the 17 straight won by the 2006-2007 team, bridging December 2006 and January 2007, and also completed the NBA’s first 16-0 calendar month since the Warriors accomplished the feat in November 2015 as part of their record-setting 24-0 start.

Booker’s injury occurred on a drive to the hoop midway through the second quarter. He was taken to the locker room, and the Suns announced he would not return.

Coming off a four-game trip on which he had three 30-point nights, Booker had 10 points in his first 15 minutes Tuesday.

Even without their leading scorer, the Suns retained a slim lead throughout most of the second half – a margin that was just 92-91 when Otto Porter Jr. hit a short jumper with 5:19 to play.

But Crowder countered with 21- and 26-footers; and, when Paul added a short jumper and Landry Shamet a three-pointer with 56.1 seconds left, the Suns had a 102-92 advantage.

Crowder and Cam Johnson scored 14 for the Suns, who moved into a tie with the Warriors atop the Pacific and Western Conference standings at 18-3.

The clubs will meet in a rematch Friday night in San Francisco.

Jordan Poole had a game-high 28 points and Porter 16 for the Warriors, whose star, Stephen Curry, was limited to 12 points on 4-for-21 shooting.

The Warriors shot just 41.9%, well off the Suns’ 49.4%, and hurt themselves with 22 turnovers.

Battling a sore back, Andrew Wiggins chipped in with 10 points for the Warriors, while Draymond Green had 11 rebounds to go with 8 points and 5 assists.

Neither team led by more than 9 points in a first half that ended with Phoenix up 56-54.

Poole exploded for 16 first-quarter points, 12 coming on three-pointers, as Golden State put up 35 points in the first 12 minutes and led by 4. – Rappler.com