Instant Replay: Familiar formula dooms Warriors in Phoenix

Highlights: Warriors' turnover woes continue in loss to Suns

Instant Replay: Familiar formula dooms Warriors in Phoenix
December 15, 2013, 7:15 pm
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The Warriors committed 20 turnovers Sunday night, which led to 17 points for the Suns. (AP)


PHOENIX – From the poor starts to the voluminous turnovers and defenses conspiring to prevent open 3-pointers by Stephen Curry, the script is becoming familiar.

And the Warriors have not found a way to ad lib their way to success.

Their latest loss, 106-102 to the Suns on Sunday night provided more of the same. The Warriors trailed for all but a few seconds, committed 20 turnovers that led to 17 Phoenix points and found themselves unable to get clean looks at the end.

Curry finished with a game-high 30 points, with Klay Thompson adding 19.

But it wasn't enough to offset the lack of offensive production elsewhere. Forwards David Lee (18 points) and Harrison Barnes (8) combined for 9-of-27 shooting and were burned by Suns forwards Channing Frye and Marcus Morris.

Guards Eric Bledsoe (24) and Goran Dragic (21, 4-of-4 on 3-pointers) led Phoenix.

STANDOUT PERFORMANCES: Curry shot fairly well but was bedeviled by turnovers, committing seven. Andrew Bogut grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, with Lee adding 13.

TURNING POINT: After Curry's 3-pointer with 7:48 left closed the gap to 92-91, the Warriors managed only two more field goals the rest of the way. Phoenix responded to Curry's trey with a 10-4 run, making it 102-95 with 3:19 to go and the Warriors never again caught up.

The Warriors had rallied from a 13-point deficit to tie it at 80-80 on a 3-pointer by Marreese Speights with 1:15 left in the third quarter.

INJURY UPDATE: Forward Andre Iguodala (strained left hamstring) continues to workout but is not yet cleared to play. Centers Jermaine O'Neal (surgery, right wrist), Festus Ezeli (surgery, right knee) and Ognjen Kuzmic (surgery, right pinkie) are out indefinitely.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors return home Sunday night to prepare for a three-game homestand, with the first visitor being the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday at Oracle Arena. The Warriors (13-12) have won five in a row over New Orleans (11-11), a four-game sweep last season and a one-point win on Nov. 26 in the Big Easy.

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