Suns beat defending champion Warriors on road, end 18-game losing streak vs. Golden State

Devin Booker's big game sealed the win
Posted at 8:21 PM, Mar 10, 2019

Who are these guys wearing purple and what have they done with the Phoenix Suns?

After opening the season an NBA-worst 11-51, the Suns have won four of their last five games, including a stunning 115-111 victory at the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors on Sunday night.

Devin Booker had 37 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to help the Suns rally from a double-digit first-half deficit and a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit. No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton added 18 points and nine rebounds and forward Kelly Oubre added 22 points for the Suns.

The loss dropped the Warriors, who have the best record in the Western Conference, to 45-21 this season. It's the Suns' first win over the Warriors at Oracle Arena in over eight years. The Warriors had won 18 straight games overall against the Suns

The Suns held Warriors guard Steph Curry to 6 of 20 from the field. Curry and Klay Thompson combined to shoot just 8 of 30 from 3-point range, while the Suns connected on 10 of 25 shots from beyond the arc.

With the Suns trailing the Warriors 98-97 with five minutes to play, Booker put his team on his back by going on a 9-0 run of his own in a 1:15 span to give Phoenix the lead for good.

The Suns now have victories over the best teams in the Western Conference and Eastern Conference in the last week. On Monday, they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, who own the NBA's best record, 114-105 in Phoenix.

The Suns finished the 2017-18 season with the NBA's worst record and seemed on track to do the same this season. And while the Suns won't advance to the playoffs for a ninth straight season, their current run certainly seems to bode well for a future that looked a lot darker just a couple weeks ago.