Warriors 87, Suns 85
Player of the game: Carl Landry finished with 17 points and a couple of big buckets to help the Warriors win their regular-season opener against the Suns in Phoenix.Key stretch: Landry hit a tough bucket inside with a little over a minute left to put the Warriors 85-84, and then knocked down an elbow jumper with 54 seconds left to give the Warriors an 87-84 lead.
It was just a great overall effort, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. When you talk about winning, youve got to be willing to sacrifice. We have a group that is buying in. Weve got to be extremely satisfied. It was ugly, but I remember we would lose ugly games.
Lee, Curry struggle: David Lee and Stephen Curry had openers to forget. Curry, who signed a four-year, 44 million contract earlier in the day, missed his first 10 shots against the Suns and finished 2-for-14 from the field for five points.VIDEO: David Lee postgame
Lee also couldnt get much to go down, missing 14 of his first 16 shots on his way to a 2-for-16 shooting night. He finished with just six points, but it was his feed to Landry with 1:04 left that gave the Warriors a one-point lead.Defensively we continue to grind it out, compete and execute, Jackson said. We missed shots but if you would have told me that David Lee and Stephen Curry would go 4-for-30 from the field, I would have said we were in trouble.Strength in numbers: The Warriors believe this years team is deeper than past teams, and it showed early. The Warriors opened up a 17-point lead -- 42-25 -- early in the second period thanks to the substitutes.Brandon Rush was the best player on the floor in the first half, scoring 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting.How well did the bench play? Well enough that despite Stephen Curry going 0-for-5 from the floor and David Lee 2-for-11 from the field, they still led 48-42 at halftime.