All-Star forward Kevin Durant suffered a right ankle contusion in the Golden State Warriors' 115-111 upset loss to the visiting Phoenix Suns on Sunday. After the game, guard Klay Thompson called it the worst loss of their season.
Kelly Oubre chalked up 22 points and 5 rebounds while DeAndre Ayton had 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. "We have to accept the challenge".
Booker finished with a game-high 37 points, including 13 consecutive Suns points during a stretch of the fourth quarter in which Phoenix took charge of the game.
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Thompson made his first four shots and appeared poised for another shooting gem to follow up his 39-point, nine 3-pointer performance in Friday's 122-105 win against Denver.
Yet it was the Warriors who crumbled late, committing seven turnovers in the fourth quarter. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.1 rebounds per game. They committed just eight but had a three-game winning streak snapped Saturday at Portland.
The Warriors have been inconsistent since the All-Star break but they are still the most unsafe team in the National Basketball Association when they are playing well. Golden State is 24-9 at Oracle Arena this season.
Warriors: Draymond Green contributed 11 rebounds and eight assists.
Those are fair assessments from Golden State's sharpshooter and coach, given Phoenix has totaled 16 wins in 68 games and was on the second leg of a challenging road back-to-back set.