Curry’s Clutch Magic: Warriors Edge Suns in Nail-Biting Finish

In a thrilling NBA matchup, the Golden State Warriors clinched a narrow 113-112 victory over the Phoenix Suns, thanks to Stephen Curry’s exceptional 33-footer in the game’s final moments. With just 3.3 seconds left, Bradley Beal’s risky steal attempt against Curry backfired, setting the stage for Curry’s game-winning shot. Curry, acknowledged by Beal as the best shooter, lived up to his reputation by sinking the decisive three-pointer, contributing to his 30-point total, which included nine 3-pointers.

Brandin Podziemski played a crucial role in the victory, executing the inbounds pass that reached Curry for the winning shot. The Warriors’ triumph marked their fourth consecutive win and their sixth in seven games. This game was Curry’s 10th career winning shot in the final five seconds, underlining his clutch performance history.

Golden State’s season has been defined by close games, with 35 clutch games leading the league. Coach Steve Kerr acknowledged the team’s need for a tight game victory, which they finally achieved against the Suns. On the other side, Phoenix’s Devin Booker led his team with 32 points, followed by Kevin Durant’s 24. Despite their efforts, the Suns couldn’t capitalize on two final chances after Curry’s pivotal 3-pointer.

The game also saw the return of Gary Payton to the Warriors’ lineup after missing 16 games, contributing 11 points. Draymond Green, known for his intense play, stayed clear of technical fouls since his return from suspension but picked one up while disputing a foul call. His interactions with Suns center Jusuf Nurkic, whom he had previously clashed with, added to the game’s intensity.

For Phoenix, new acquisitions Royce O’Neale and David Roddy had varying impacts, with O’Neale scoring three points in his debut, while Roddy didn’t play. The win was significant for Golden State, not only for breaking their losing streak against the Suns this season but also for bringing their record back to .500 for the first time since Christmas. The Warriors had led 84-82 entering the fourth quarter, setting up the dramatic finish. Jonathan Kuminga added 21 points for Golden State, and Green contributed with 15 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds, further cementing the Warriors’ resilient performance.

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