With center Andrew Bogut on the bench in street clothes and power forward David Lee staying behind in the Bay Area, the Warriors took a small team into Phoenix and were manhandled Saturday night in a 122-109 loss at US Airways Arena.
Six Warriors scored in double figures, led by 28 points by Stephen Curry. Harrison Barnes came off the bench for 23, Klay Thompson finished with 17, Andre Iguodala with 12, Jermaine O'Neal with 11 and Jordan Crawford had 10.
But the Warriors (30-21) lost this game because they were clobbered on the glass (45-34) and were beaten badly on defense in the second-half. Phoenix (30-20) shot 53.8 percent for the game, led by point guard Goran Dragic, who finished with a game-high 34 points.
Dragic not only scored 34 points (on 10 of 13 shooting from the field) but also added 10 assists. He was the ultimate finisher, scoring 13 points over the final seven minutes.
The Warriors trailed for all but about a minute of this game, losing for the seventh time in their last 12 games.
STANDOUT PERFORMANCE: It's getting monotonous, but the most valuable Warrior, once again, was Curry. This time, however, he'll have to share the honor with Barnes, who submitted his most productive offensive game of the season.
Curry made 10 of 20 shots, 3 of 10 from 3-point distance. Barnes shot 9 of 15, making 2 of 3 shots from behind the arc.
TURNING POINT: Trailing 104-100 halfway through the fourth quarter, the Warriors had a chance to cut the lead to one but Jordan Crawford missed a 3-point jumper. Markieff Morris rebounded, leading to a 3-pointer by Dragic to give the Suns a 107-100 lead with 6:56 to play.
The Warriors were outscored 18-9 after Crawford's miss.
INJURY UPDATE: C Andrew Bogut (shoulder inflammation) was ruled out the morning before the game and is listed is questionable for Monday. F David Lee (shoulder sprain, hip strain) did not travel and is questionable for Monday. C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) and G Nemanja Nedovic (strained left hamstring, right foot inflammation) are out indefinitely.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors return home to face the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday at Oracle Arena in the season finale for the teams. The Warriors took a 110-90 win at Philadelphia on Nov. 4