NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Golden State
(Monday, November 20th)
Final Score: Phoenix 113, Golden State 110
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Steve Nash hit a three-pointer with 4.1 seconds left and Jason Richardson missed a wide-open three-point shot at the buzzer as the Phoenix Suns held on to win a 113-110 thriller over the Golden State Warriors.
The game-winner capped a night in which Nash matched a season-high with 15 assists to go along with his 19 points. Raja Bell led the Suns with 22 points, and Leandro Barbosa scored 21 off of the bench. Shawn Marion scored 18 and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Suns, and Amare Stoudemire added 16. Phoenix has won three of its last four.
Monta Ellis scored 31 points for the second straight game for the Warriors, who had a six-game winning streak snapped with the loss. Ellis has filled in superbly for Baron Davis, who sat out with a rib injury.
Mickael Pietrus scored 24 for Golden State, and Mike Dunleavy contributed 16 off of the bench. Jason Richardson scored 14 and Andris Biedrins cleaned up on the glass, grabbing 15 rebounds to go with his 13 points.
The frantic finish capped a back-and-forth affair that saw 13 lead changes and six ties. Nash took a pass, dribbled around a high screen, and drilled a shot from behind the arc with 4.1 remaining on the clock to put the Suns up by three. The Warriors had one more chance to tie it, though.
Richardson received the inbounds pass and dribbled straight for the top of the key, with Boris Diaw sticking him behind the arc. Richardson took advantage of an overzealous Diaw, as the Suns defender bit hard on Richardson's pump fake, leaving him with a clean look at the basket. Unfortunately for the home crowd, Richardson could only draw iron, and the shot fell short.
The Suns jumped out to an early lead, with a Diaw lay-in pushing them to an early 14-7 lead just over three minutes into the game.
The Warriors quickly erased that gap, though, with Dunleavy and Ellis scoring nine each in the quarter. A Troy Murphy driving lay-up tied the game at 31-31 with 1:18 left in the first quarter.
Golden State came out rolling on all cylinders in the second quarter, scoring the first 16 points of the period, a 20-0 run stretching back to the last four points of the first quarter that gave the Warriors a healthy 47-31 lead with 7:09 remaining in the half.
The Suns responded with a 13-0 run that bridged the second and third quarters, punctuated by a Marion alley-oop dunk that brought the Suns to within three, at 57-54, just 11 seconds into the third quarter.
Ellis' 31 points matched a career high that he set Saturday night against Seattle...The win was the Suns first of the year on the road...The Suns outrebounded the Warriors 34-20.
11/21 01:52:25 ET