(Basketball news) The Phoenix Suns without the likes of Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul beat the Golden State Warriors 125-113. For the Suns, Mikal Bridges had 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists as the former Warriors guard Damion Lee received his championship ring in a pregame ceremony from brother-in-law Curry, then scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds against his former team while Duane Washington Jr. scored 21 points, Dario Saric contributed 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and Torrey Craig had 12 points and 14 rebounds. For the Warriors, Curry came back from an 11-game absence with a partially dislocated left shoulder to score 24 points on 8-for-22 shooting while Thompson had 29 points with six 3-pointers – four 3s and 14 points in the first quarter alone as Poole had 27 points. With this result the Suns improved their record to 21-21.
”I just thought it was a special night all the way around,” Williams said, noting of the ring ceremony, Lee’s performance and the win, ”that’s a trifecta if I ever heard of one.”
”It’s obvious a big win for us having whatever you want to call it happen to us the past few weeks but collectively we had a connection and a spirit about us tonight, even when they cut it to six,” Williams said.
The Philadelphia 76ers produced an emphatic performance to beat the Detroit Pistons 147-116. For the 76ers, Embiid had 36 points and 11 rebounds while James Harden added a second straight triple-double and finished with 16 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds – in three quarters as Maxey scored 16 points and Harris had 14 points. For the Pistons, Saddiq Bey, Jaden Ivey and Rodney McGruder each scored 17 points. The Philadelphia Sixers won for the 13th time in 16 games as they improved their record to 25-15 and are 4th in the Eastern Conference table, they are just 3.5 games behind Celtics in the standings.
”We didn’t want to mess around,” Embiid said. ”I wanted to make sure that we were all together and on the same page that it was going to be a three-quarter game.”
”It’s a lineup that we’re still evaluating defensively,” coach Doc Rivers said. ”Clearly, it’s a good offensive lineup. We just haven’t seen it a lot. We’ve had no `in-a-rows’ where they played six, seven, eight, nine in a row.”
”We know how dominant we are. We know how great we can be,” Harris said.
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