PHOENIX (AP) -- Golden State started off shooting well. The
Phoenix Suns finished the game the same way.
Steve Nash had 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, when
the Suns rallied from seven points down to beat the Warriors
118-104 Tuesday night.
"They've got a point guard like Steve Nash who can push the
ball, and that's what he did," Golden State's Jason Richardson
said. "He pretty much ran us out of the gym in the fourth
The Warriors, who had won two straight after a 3-12 start, led
for most of the game behind Richardson, who had a season-high 32
points and 10 rebounds.
Mike Dunleavy contributed season-highs of 24 points and 13
rebounds, Derek Fisher scored 13 off the bench and Cliff Robinson
had 11 in a strong all-out effort by a team that beat Boston the
"We hoped they'd wear down, but they struck a match and got on
fire the first half and scored a lot of points," Stoudemire said.
"I think they just came out hungry to get a win."
Warriors coach Mike Montgomery felt playing four games in five
nights came into play in the fourth quarter.
"The shots we were getting were the same shots that we were
getting early on, but they just stopped going down," Montgomery
The Warriors' frustration was evident during Phoenix's comeback.
They were 6-of-23 in the fourth, going 7:20 without a basket after
Fisher's 3-pointer sent them to a 92-85 lead with 10:21 left.
With 6:08 to go, Richardson missed two free throws, and Nash,
who had 11 assists, cashed in at the other end with a 3-pointer
that built a 100-92 lead.
"They were stuck on 92 points for a long time, and that's when
we made our run," Marion said.
Marion, who had five points at halftime, scored 11 during a 15-3
run in the third quarter. His athletic dunk on a follow of
Stoudemire's missed 10-footer lifted Phoenix to an 81-80 lead -- its
first since the opening minutes -- with 3:26 to go.
The Warriors came in averaging 91 points, but scored a Phoenix
opponent's-high 37 in the first quarter and 30 in the second.
"Phoenix is a run-and-gun team," Richardson said. "They get
out on the break, they've got the athletes and they force you to
run the whole game." The Suns worked to within 63-59 on a
3-pointer by Quentin Richardson with 1:14 to go, and, after a
jumper by Speedy Claxton, Phoenix got to 65-62 on Johnson's
three-point play with 35.8 seconds remaining. But Robinson made a
short jumper to open a 67-62 halftime lead.
"It was just one of those games that looked like a train
wreck," Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said. "It was off the rails.
But they buckled up, did what we're supposed to do, and we got the
The Suns activated F Zarko Cabarkapa from the injured list
and placed F Jackson Vroman on the IL. Cabarkapa missed the first
17 games because of left knee tendinitis. ... Marion has 14
double-doubles, including nine in 10 games. ... The win was No. 50
for Suns coach Mike D'Antoni, who took over on Dec. 10, 2003.
D'Antoni had 14 wins with Denver in 1998-99. ... Jason Richardson
had his biggest game since scoring 35 at Cleveland on April 3. ...
The Warriors have two wins in last 19 games at America West Arena,
but were 1-1 last season.