SAN FRANCISCO – Klay Thompson scored 33 points in the first half as the Warriors managed to keep the Phoenix Suns at Bay Monday night in Golden State’s 123-112 win.
The Warriors finally snapped out of their trend of lethargic starts with the loudest opening quarter of the season. Golden State struck first, advancing by as many as 25 points in the first.
Thompson was a big reason for that. He opened the court gates early, adding 18 points in his first eight minutes before adding another 15 in the second quarter. He hit a 3-pointer past archenemy Devin Booker just before halftime to send the Warriors into the locker room with a 75-58 victory.
Thompson cooled in the third, and the Suns, who were without Kevin Durant, did their best to fight back. The Warriors saw their 17-point lead dwindle to just three with 4:30 left in the third.
But Golden State got it up to 10 early in the quarter and held it up from there.
Stephen Curry finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and Jordan Poole added 20 points off the bench.
The Warriors 54.2% from the field and shooting 19-of-39 from deep. Thompson and Curry combined for 12 of 20 from beyond the arc.
Meanwhile, the Suns did most of the damage in the paint but struggled from 3-point range, shooting 4-of-21 from the outside. Booker had a team-high 32 points and Deandre Ayton had 27.
The Warriors are 36-33 this season and are tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for fifth in the Western Conference standings. They are 1 1/2 games behind the Phoenix Suns, who are in fourth place.
Golden State, 7-26 on the road, will hit the road for the next five games, stopping in Los Angeles on Wednesday before heading to Atlanta, Memphis, Houston and Dallas thereafter.
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