The Golden State Warriors, coming off a 39-point blowout win against the San Antonio Spurs, head to Phoenix to take on the Suns. Klay Thompson leads the Warriors in scoring with 25 points, Kevin Durant adds 21 and Steph Curry pours in 20 of his own.
The Warriors scored the next 13 points, with DeMarcus Cousins contributing two dunks to a flurry that produced a 101-94 lead with 5:46 to go.
The matchup of the teams at the top and bottom of the Western Conference standings was a lot closer than anticipated - and in large part because it took Curry a while to find his stroke. Phoenix is 3-4 in games decided by 3 points or fewer.
The Golden State Warriors are once again the favourites to win it all and with DeMarcus Cousins fitting into the lineup nicely, they do not seem to have any problems whatsoever.
"It just feels good to be back on the floor playing the game that I love", Davis said. "So Phoenix played really well, harder, smarter than us".
Phoenix shot out to a 26-9 lead, but the Warriors cut it to 31-26 after one quarter. But Curry responded with another 3 and Golden State pulled away from there.
The Suns did the rallying in the third quarter, drawing even at 64-all on a free throw by Ayton with 7:49 left in the period. Unlike the Warriors' previous stretch, however, this did not represent their best effort. "It's just a learning experience for young guys". Even though Devin Booker is averaging career-high numbers, the rest of the team has not been able to replicate the same success and are now at the bottom of the table with an 11-45 record.
In other games on Friday, the Washington Wizards overpowered the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-106, the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Denver Nuggets 117-110 and the Detroit Pistons crushed the New York Knicks 120-103.