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When the NBA champs roll through your town

By Jose Romero - Nov 27, 2015

PHOENIX --  Draymond Green made three bad passes in the first quarter. 

But no one will remember that, except for maybe Green's coaches. 

No, when the NBA champions are in town, it's all about seeing the stars and how good they really are. And while the home team Phoenix Suns hardly seemed to know what hit them, the Golden State Warriors put on a show Friday and ran their undefeated streak to 17-0 to start the season. 

The Warriors roared to a 135-116 win and fell one 3-pointer short of tying an NBA record for threes. Their 22 threes was a franchise record, and with 15 in the first half they set an NBA record. 

The Suns and Warriors combined for 32 threes, tied for third most in a game in NBA history.

When you are a very good team, an elite team, you make the difficult look easy. That's what the Warriors did Friday. They score with ease. They fire away from 3-point range and hit. They fight off screens and post-ups on defense and make opponents pay at the other end. 

And they have the game's top scorer, the unflappable Stephen Curry, who blows bubbles when he shoots threes and pulls the trigger from anywhere, his rainbows of perfection hitting nothing but net more often than not while opposing crowds groan and can only ooh and ahh. 

Curry sank 5 of 6 threes in the first quarter alone and a season high nine against the Suns, the crowd practically cheering each one as defenders flailed at his shots in vain. He had 19... 19 ... first quarter points and six assists.  Yes, the game's best player shoots AND passes, and even though he hardly played in the fourth quarter, Curry finished with 41 points. 

It was 44-27 Golden State to start the second quarter, and the game alreday felt like it was over. The fans could only hope to see as much of Curry and Klay Thompson and before the rout was really on and the two star guards went to the bench for good. 

The Suns made 54.5 percent of their shots in the first quarter. Against most other teams, Phoenix might even have been ahead and was certainly looking good on offense. Against the Warriors, it hardly mattered. The W's 44 points was a season high in the first quarter. 

Talking Stick Resort Arena was filled to the top, which doesn't always happen for Suns games. On Black Friday, the Suns wore black. A group of yellow-and-blue clad Warriors fans -- they come out of the woodwork when the champs bring their show to town -- started a brief "Let's Go Warriors!" chant efore being drowned out.

With the Suns' defense stretched to guard against threes, the Warriors drove with authority and not much pressure to the hoop for dunks several times. 

In the second quarter, Curry pump-faked a quality NBA point guard, Eric Bledsoe, out of his shoes, stepped forward and swished a three as Bledsoe looked on helplessly. That happens a lot against Golden State. 

The Suns played pretty well on offense but still trailed by 18, 75-57, at halftime thanks to a late second quarter Curry flurry. Curry would hit from deep, stand there with his follow-through hand in the air and freeze in that pose.

The crowd could only marvel and cheer at such a display. Curry had 27 points at halftime.

The Suns tried their best to keep up with the onslaught of buckets. But a complete and flawless performance is the only thing that can beat the Warriors, who were an amazing 15 of 20 on 3-pointers in the first half. 

And in the end, the Suns couldn't keep the Warriors from staying undefeated. It just seems to tough for any NBA team to do that in late November. 





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