Lee leads Warriors over SunsFeb 14, 2012 - 7:39 AM Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - David Lee finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds and the Warriors snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Suns with a 102-96 victory.
Monta Ellis chipped in 18 points and Klay Thompson netted 10 for Golden State, which has won three straight for the first time this season. Nate Robinson was a spark off the bench, scoring nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter.
Marcin Gortat paced Phoenix with 25 points and 12 boards, while Steve Nash handed out 14 assists. The Suns had won four of five coming in.
Despite shooting just 37 percent in the first half, the Warriors trailed by just three, 46-43, at the break.
"I told them at halftime, 'The old Warrior team would be down 15-20 points' because their defense wouldn't have kept them in the game," Golden State head coach Mark Jackson said. "In spite of us missing shots, our defense allowed us to still be in the ballgame."
The Suns went on a 10-2 run to extend their lead to 63-51 midway through the third, but the Warriors took control from there.
Lee capped a 10-point surge with a three-point play and a dunk to give the Warriors a 70-69 advantage, and the hosts clung to a 76-73 cushion heading to the fourth.
Midway through the final stanza, Thompson and Robinson hit from behind the arc on consecutive touches to build a 94-84 lead, only to have the Suns score the next seven points.
Jared Dudley had a chance to pull the Suns even with one minute left, but missed a three-pointer. Ekpe Udoh followed with a running hook shot in the lane, and the Warriors sealed the win at the free throw line.
"We didn't execute, we didn't come up and we didn't make shots," Suns head coach Alvin Gentry said. "In order to beat a team on the road, especially a team when they turn the defense up, you've got to be able to execute."
The Suns hit 12-of-20 from the floor in the first quarter, which ended with them holding a 27-20 edge.
This was the opener of three games in as many nights for the Suns, who visit Denver on Tuesday before hosting Atlanta...Udoh and Stephen Curry each had nine points for the Warriors, who shot 57 percent in the second half...Channing Frye finished with 18 points for Phoenix.
- PHOENIX: 96
GOLDEN STATE: 102
Feb 14 12:52 AM
- PHOENIX: 73
GOLDEN STATE: 76
End of 3rd
Feb 14 12:13 AM
- PHOENIX: 46
GOLDEN STATE: 43
Feb 13 11:31 PM
- PHOENIX: 27
GOLDEN STATE: 20
End of 1st
Feb 13 11:03 PM
- PHOENIX: 0
GOLDEN STATE: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Feb 13 10:42 PM
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