Dragic Scores 18 Points In 4th For Suns

PHOENIX (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 18 of his career-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Phoenix Suns past the depleted Golden State Warriors, 112-103 on Saturday night.

The second-year guard from Slovenia was 4 of 6 from the field, including 3 of 5 on 3-pointers, and made 7 of 8 free throws in the quarter. He also had two steals and a blocked shot in the period.

Steve Nash scored 23 points for the Suns in their 10th consecutive victory over Golden State in Phoenix.

Anthony Tolliver had career bests of 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors, playing without Monta Ellis (26.1 points per game). Ellis sprained his right ankle Friday night in Golden State’s home victory over New Jersey.

Corey Maggette led the Warriors with 27 points, and rookie Stephen Curry added 25 on the heels of his career-best 32 against the Nets.

Robin Lopez scored 16 points for Phoenix, while Grant Hill and Amare Stoudemire added 15 apiece.

With Anthony Morrow (sprained right knee) and Vladimir Radmanovic (sore right Achilles’ tendon) also out, the Warriors had nine players in uniform.

Still, they led virtually the entire first half, by as many as 10, and were up 60-55 at the break.

Nash’s 3-pointer capped an 11-0 run that put Phoenix up 66-62 with 7:26 left in the third quarter. Curry responded with a 21-footer and neither team led by more than three the rest of the period, with the Warriors up 80-79 entering the fourth.

Consecutive 3s by Channing Frye and Dragic followed by two free throws from rookie Earl Clark put Phoenix up for good 91-85 with 8:04 to play. Golden State twice cut it to one, the last time at 96-95 on C.J. Watson’s 19-footer with 4:18 left.

Louis Amundson made two free throws, Dragic blocked Watson’s breakaway layup and Frye sank a 5-footer to put Phoenix ahead 101-95. Warriors coach Don Nelson drew a technical foul complaining about the no-call on Dragic and Nash made the free throw, giving the Suns a 101-95 lead with 3:12 to play.

Golden State never got closer than four after that.

NOTES: Suns guard Leandro Barbosa is to undergo surgery to remove a cyst in his right wrist. Barbosa, who had started the previous three games, is expected to be sidelined about a month. … The Warriors last won in Phoenix on March 18, 2005. … Tolliver matched his career high of 12 points by halftime. … Nash sat for nearly 11 minutes in the second half, leaving with 2:50 left in the third and returning with 3:59 left in the game.

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