Steph Curry scored 50 points, which was the 11th occasion in his NBA career However, his efforts weren’t sufficient for weak Golden State Warriors against the Phoenix Suns as the defending champions fell by a score of 130-119.
The Warriors are currently 6-9 on the year and have not won in eight road games which is a worrying indication as the team attempts to secure a fifth title in the last five years.
It’s the longest road loss streak of a champion from the Chicago Bulls in the 1998/99 season according to ESPN as well as the Warriors have the most losing road streak since the beginning of the campaign since the 1989/90 season.
“We’re never going to be in a panic There’s no reason to be being anxious,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters after the game on Wednesday.
“What we must do is to stay focused and locate it. In order to locate it, we need to bring everyone on board in the same boat with regards to not being concerned about winning. And that’s the goal.
“I noticed many hanging heads this evening,” he added. “I believe we’re feeling a bit sorry on ourselves.”
Even with the defeat, it was a historical night for Curry who was 17-of 28 from the field and 7-of-11 from the three-point range , in addition to getting nine rebound along with six assists.
He beat Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and beat Allen Iverson for the ninth-most 50-plus points throughout the NBA.
Klay Thompson scored 19 points while Andrew Wiggins had 14, While the Suns were, in contrast have a much more balanced offense with all five players recording double figures.
Cameron Payne scored a career-high 29 points, including six three-pointers. Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges who came within of a triple-double by scoring the help of nine and nine rebound, had 23 and 27 points, respectively.
Phoenix without injury-plagued Chris Paul for the fourth consecutive game, and facing the free-scoring Curry who was dominant for much of the game. They was leading by a comfortable 14-point advantage at the end 3rd quarter.
“It’s essential to have a team” Booker said about the uniform scoring distribution across the team. “That provides you with the longevity you need to get through the season.”
The victory saw the Suns in second place in the standings behind their rivals the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference standings, improve to 9-5 for the season.
They will next play their home team, the Utah Jazz on Friday while the Warriors will welcome their opponents, the New York Knicks.