It was fun while it lasted, but all good things must come to an end. After 18 straight wins, the Phoenix Suns’ (19-4) winning streak is over. The Suns fell to the Warriors 118-96 at Chase Center Friday night.
The last time Phoenix tasted defeat was on October 27 against the Sacramento Kings. The Suns had a perfect month of November(16-0), including Tuesday’s 104-96 win over the Warriors at Footprint Center.
On Friday, Golden State(19-3) was in control from the start and ultimately led by as many as 27 points.
It’s always good to win, and according to Chris Paul, who had 12 points and eight assists against the Warriors, the streak was good times.
“The winning streak was a lot of fun,” Paul said. “It’s been a long time since we felt a loss. Hell, let’s start a new one.”
However, Paul said he doesn’t remember much from the streak.
“I don’t remember too much,” he said. “I don’t remember when it started.”
Well, Chris, it started on October 30 against the Cavaliers.
Phoenix was without their leading scorer in Devin Booker(hamstring), and they lost Mikal Bridges, who did return, in the first half after he injured his hand, so not having Booker, you knew the Suns had to be at their best to beat the Warriors. Plus, the Warriors have now have won 12 straight at Chase Center.
Steph Curry, who struggled Tuesday as he shot 4/21 from the field, including 3/14 from downtown and finished 12 points, bounced back Friday. Curry scored 23 points(8/20 FG), including 6/11 from three-point range.
The two-time MVP is on the verge of surpassing Ray Allen as the all-team leader in threes made. Curry is the best shooter in NBA history, and Paul believes Curry’s dribbling ability separates him from other shooters.
“It ain’t just the shooting; it’s the handle,” Paul said. “It’s a lot of people that can shoot. A lot of people can’t handle the ball like that, and the confidence in how he shoots and the way he gets his team going. He just kept getting better and better.”
The Suns and Warriors will see each other again in Phoenix on Christmas, and based on what we saw this week, that game should be a lot of fun.
Phoenix is off until Monday when they return home to battle the Spurs.
Watch below as Paul talks the end of the 18-game win streak, and the handles of Steph Curry: