NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Golden State
(Sunday, February 13th)
Final Score: Phoenix 106, Golden State 102 (OT)
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Joe Johnson scored 23 and three other Phoenix players recorded 20-plus point efforts, as the Suns held off the Golden State Warriors, 106-102, in overtime at the Arena.
Shawn Marion finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds and Quentin Richardson had 21 points and seven boards for the Suns, who have won four of five. Steve Nash tallied 20 points and 12 assists for Phoenix, which needed overtime after blowing a double-digit fourth quarter lead.
Mike Dunleavy had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors, who have lost two straight and four of five. Derek Fisher added 19 points and Jason Richardson scored 18 with 12 boards for Golden State, which rallied in the fourth quarter only to come up short.
Trailing 81-68 late in the third, the Warriors came storming back. A Fisher jumper sent the game into the fourth 81-70 and began a 14-0 run that gave Golden State an 82-81 edge. Speedy Claxton's driving layup capped the burst with 6:58 on the clock and gave the Warriors their first lead since early in the first quarter.
Phoenix managed to go back ahead 85-84 on a pair of Amare Stoudemire free throws with 5:20 left, but Golden State scored eight straight points to go back ahead 92-85. Adonal Foyle ended the spurt on a putback with 3:13 remaining.
The Suns, however, responded by scoring nine of the next 11 points and Marion's dunk tied the game at 94-94 with 55 ticks on the clock.
Both teams had chances to win the game in the final seconds. Nash missed a short jumper with seven seconds left and Fisher stepped out of bound with 1.6 remaining to miss a chance for the Warriors. Nash then missed a wide-open jumper as time expired.
Nash shot just 3-of-10 in the third and fourth quarters.
In the extra session, the Warriors had as much as a four-point lead twice, the last time coming at 102-98 with 2:05 remaining after Dunleavy hit a pair of free throws.
However, the Suns answered with a three-point play by Johnson a minute later, and after the Warriors came up empty on the offensive end, Jim Jackson gave Phoenix a 103-102 lead with 19.9 on the clock with a short jumper over Claxton.
Jason Richardson missed a potential go-ahead shot with 12 seconds left, and after a Quentin Richardson free throw extended Phoenix's lead to 104-102, Jason Richardson missed a game-tying shot with 4.1 left.
"That close, it's kind of hard to pass it to somebody," said Jason Richardson on his last shot. "I'll live with that. It's a layup, I just missed it.
Anytime you go to the basket you feel like you're fouled." Jackson and Stoudemire each ended with nine points for the Suns, who led 31-22 after 12 minutes of play and extended the lead to 59-45 at halftime.
Claxton had 16 points.
"We're looking forward to the break," said Johnson. "We have two more games left. We have to start thinking about that and finish this half out."
Golden State shot only 36 percent for the game compared to Phoenix's 46 percent...The Warriors hit only 4-of-29 from three-point range and 12 of their 20 free throws...Phoenix went 8-of-16 from beyond the arc and 18-of-28 from the line...Foyle had only six points but added a career-high tying 20 rebounds...The Suns have beaten the Warriors in both matchups this season.
02/14 00:33:34 ET