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Poor 4th Quarter Defense Dooms Suns, Lose 96-102 To Warriors

The Phoenix Suns cooled off Monday night as they fell 96-102 to the Golden State Warriors. The Suns have now lost two of their last three games and fall to 12-16 on the season. Marcin Gortat led the Suns with 25 points and 12 rebounds.

Considering the history of the two teams, the game was relatively low scoring as the Warriors shot 45.3% from the field and the Suns shot 46.3%. Phoenix led by seven after the first quarter and by four at halftime but Golden State continued to chip away in the second half.

David Lee led the way for the Warriors with 28 points and 12 rebounds. The Warriors' bench contributed with 28 points including Nate Robinson with 11 and Klay Thompson with 10.

The Suns could not get a stop in crunch time. According to a tweet from Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, Phoenix at one point in the fourth quarter had two defensive stops in 22 Warrior possessions. The Warriors got crucial shots from Robinson and Ekpe Udoh to help seal the game.

Late in the fourth, the Suns pulled within three but after a missed three-point field goal from Jared Dudley, Golden State opened the lead up and never looked back. Phoenix shot 5-25 from three point land.

Tonight began a brutal stretch for the Suns which sees them play the dreaded three games in three days. A feat new to teams because of the shorten seasoned. Tomorrow the Suns visit Denver before a matchup with the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday at U.S. Airways Center.