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Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 31 points in the third quarter and the Golden State Warriors ran their NBA-record streak of regular season games without consecutive losses to 106 by beating the Phoenix Suns 138-109 on Saturday night.
"It's an incredible mark of consistency," said coach Steve Kerr, who spoke in depth before the game about his admission to using marijuana for chronic back pain .
Curry hit five 3-pointers and Klay Thompson added 26 points and a season-high six 3s. Kevin Durant had 20 points and eight assists and Draymond Green a season-best 13 assists to go with nine points for Golden State, which hasn't lost back-to-back games during the regular season since April 2015 to San Antonio and New Orleans during its championship season.
The Warriors beat Phoenix for the 10th straight time, the longest winning streak by either team in the series, and 11th in a row at home.
Eric Bledsoe scored 13 of his 27 points in the second quarter and Devin Booker had 21 points for the Suns, who had no answer for Golden State's 62.8-percent shooting and a 66.7-percent clip from long range (14 of 21).
Golden State has three 20-point scorers in four consecutive games for the first time since Feb 10-21, 2009.
The Warriors bounced back from a wild double-overtime defeat to Houston on Thursday night that snapped their 12-game winning streak -- tied for third-longest in franchise history. The Warriors' two losses at Oracle Arena already match their total regular season losses at Oakland in each of the past two seasons.
Warriors forward David West reached double-digit scoring for the first time with 10 points and JaVale McGee had 11 off the bench, helping Golden State follow a defeat with a victory for the 13th time in such scenarios.
This marked the third meeting of the season already for the rivals, and now they won't play again until April. The Warriors also topped Phoenix at home 133-120 on Nov. 13.
Golden State led by 21 in the second quarter before Bledsoe's 3 with 39.5 seconds left in the first half got Phoenix within 64-57. Golden State led 66-57 at the break.
TRIBUTE TO FIRE VICTIMS
A moment of silence was held for the victims of a nearby warehouse fire. At least nine people were killed by the blaze less than three miles from the arena, and the Warriors announced they're donating $50,000 to support families of the victims.
The Oakland Raiders late Saturday pledged to match up to $30,000 in contributions on the YouCaring.com page established by the Athletics.
"I want to start out today offering our condolences to the victims of the Oakland fire," Kerr said before the game. "Just a devastating tragedy right here in the East Bay. It's hard to comprehend. As an organization we just want to send our thoughts and prayers to the victims, their families and friends, people who were injured.
"I don't know if it means a whole lot, I know I can't cure the pain, but we're thinking of you and the whole organization, the team, everybody here at Oracle tonight, when we have a moment of silence. We're all with you out there. We're all devastated today."
Suns: Coach Earl Watson was hit with a technical at the 5:45 mark of the first quarter for arguing. ... The Suns dropped to 3-9 on the road and 1-7 in away games against the Western Conference.
Warriors: Curry had his seventh 30-point performance and Thompson had his 11th 20-point game. ... The Warriors have made 11 of more 3-pointers in eight straight games. ... Former Suns star turned Golden State player development consultant Steve Nash worked out with Durant at shootaround and helped convince KD to come to the Bay Area. ... The Warriors have an NBA-leading 14 games with 30 or more assists, going 13-1. They had 37 on Saturday. ... They scored 100 or more points for the 19th time in 20 games and improved to 25-2 in their alternative slate jerseys, 3-0 this season.
Suns: At Utah on Tuesday night. The Jazz swept the Suns 4-0 last season for the first time since 1999-2000 (4-0).
Warriors: Golden State concludes its five-game homestand by hosting former star Monta Ellis and Indiana on Monday night, having won two straight and four of five against Nate McMillan's Pacers. The Warriors then have five road games in seven days.
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