The Phoenix Suns opened their season hosting the Golden State Warriors on Halloween night. They fell behind early, but battled back to take a fourth quarter lead, but Carl Landry's two buckets in the last two minutes put the Warriors in front and ultimately a 87-85 win on opening night.
The first quarter was not in sync offensively for the Suns. They took a quick 9-4 lead, but behind the shooting of Klay Thompson, Golden State pulled ahead and finished the quarter with a 25-21 lead. The one bright spot for Phoenix was Jared Dudley, who was active scoring 10 points in the quarter.
With the reserves in, Golden State rattled off a 13-2 run to start the second quarter. The lead ballooned to as many as 17. However, when Luis Scola returned, he added a quick seven points, including a three-pointer to pull the Suns back within 10. With the starters on the floor, except with P.J. Tucker playing instead of Michael Beasley, they held the Warriors scoreless for nearly five minutes and Phoenix got within six, 48-42 at halftime.
The second half was a different story. Phoenix came out with energy and played active defense, sparked by Luis Scola's play on both sides of the floor. They held Golden State to 17 points in the quarter and Dragic scored another six points to give the Suns a 67-65 lead.
Phoenix pulled ahead by as much as eight points, but Golden State tied it up at 76 and then pulled ahead again, leading 83-82 with two minutes to go. Luis Scola scored to give Phoenix the lead at 84-83, but Carl Landry scored four straight points and the Suns could not get the game-tying three in the final seconds. Dragic hit a
Stephen Curry, fresh after signing his new $44 million contract, missed his first 10 shots, finishing 2-14 for five points. Golden State was led by Carl Landry's 17 points and Klay Thompson's 16.
For Phoenix, Goran Dragic had 17 points, eight rebounds and six rebounds. Luis Scola had 15 points and 11 boards.