Stephen Curry scores 24 however his return is not sufficient to elevate Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO — Heading into Tuesday night time’s sport, the Golden State Warriors had been assured Stephen Curry’s return can be the piece they wanted to construct on the momentum they’d established throughout their homestand with out him.

As a substitute, the Warriors appeared like an analogous model of the crew they had been when Curry went down with a left shoulder subluxation, as they fell to the Phoenix Suns 125-113.

Similar to earlier than he was injured, Curry did the whole lot in his energy to maintain his crew in it. He scored 16 of his 24 factors within the fourth quarter. He shot 8-of-22 from the ground, together with 5-of-15 from 3, in 31 minutes total.

With simply over 4 minutes left within the sport, Curry hit three consecutive 3-pointers to breathe life again into the crew. Three minutes later, a Jordan Poole layup, a cease, a Poole 3 and one other cease pulled the Warriors inside six after they’d trailed by as a lot as 27.

Out of the timeout, Curry acquired referred to as for a foul, sending Damion Lee to the road and giving the Suns a three-possession lead. These free throws wound up being the dagger.

It was the primary time the Warriors had their true beginning lineup since Dec. 3, and it was clear the rust was being labored off.

Andrew Wiggins, who was taking part in in his second sport again from an adductor pressure and subsequent damage, completed with 10 factors however did so on 5-of-16 capturing and lacked the aggression and rhythm he had earlier than his absence.

Klay Thompson began the night time scoring 14 of his 29 factors within the first quarter, however then cooled off.

In his first sport coming off the bench since Dec. 3, Poole scored 27 factors.

In the meantime, the Suns had been with out Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Cameron Johnson and Cameron Payne. However they did not miss a beat, capturing 45 % from the ground and from 3. With each punch the Warriors tried to throw, the Suns responded.

This sport closed out the Warriors’ eight-game homestand, during which they went 5-3. They now will head out on a five-game street journey, the place they’re simply 3-16.