SAN FRANCISCO — — Stephen Curry recovered from one of the worst shooting nights of his career, scoring 23 points, and the Golden State Warriors convincingly ended the Phoenix Suns’ 18-game winning streak with a 118-96 win over Friday evening.
The Warriors (19-3) limited the Suns (19-4) to a season-scoring low and slipped past Phoenix for the NBA’s best record.
The Suns were inside 83-74 on a dunk by JaVale McGee early in the fourth quarter, but never got any closer. Gary Payton II scored on consecutive possession, added a breakaway two-handed dunk and followed with a short jumper to give Golden State a 20-percent lead.
Three days after taking 4 out of 21 while missing 11 of 14 3-point attempts in a 104-96 loss at Phoenix, Curry shot 8 out of 20 with six 3s, five rebounds and five assists.
Andrew Wiggins added 19 points as Golden State extended its home win streak to 11. Draymond Green had nine points, nine assists and nine rebounds.
Deandre Ayton had 23 points and six rebounds for Phoenix. Chris Paul added 12 points and eight assists.
Suns coach Monty Williams had done his best to keep talking about the streak to a minimum while also encouraging his players to enjoy the ride. He doesn’t have to worry about that anymore after Phoenix’s first loss since October 27.
The Suns played the second half back-to-back and again without injured top scorer Devin Booker, the Suns trailing double digits early on and spending the rest of the night trying to catch up.
Curry made it an impossible climb.
The two-time MVP hit his first two 3s, completing a three-point game amid chants of “MVP! MVP!” and made another shot outside the arc to put the Warriors at 49-37.
The Suns trailed 11 and finished the second quarter with an 8-0 run to come in 51-48.
UP AND OVER
Warriors swingman Juan Toscano-Anderson mobilized a roaring Chase Center crowd late in the first quarter with a thunderous one-handed dunk over Sun’s 7-foot center JaVale McGee, who was in the bottom lane in front of the basket.
Suns: Mikal Bridges left the field briefly in the first half after appearing to injure his right hand while trying to chase a loose ball. Bridges returned midway through the second quarter with medical tape on his little finger. … Booker has a sore left hamstring.
Warriors: Klay Thompson will continue to compete in scrimmages, but coach Steve Kerr did not say whether Thompson would play in the G League before rejoining the Warriors. The biggest problem Thompson faces right now, Kerr said, is conditioning. … Andre Iguodala (pain in the right knee) sat out his eighth consecutive game.
Suns: Host the Spurs on Mondays. The Suns have won three in a row against San Antonio but dropped the last two in Phoenix.
Warriors: Take on the Spurs at Chase Center on Saturday. San Antonio has won six of the previous 10 games between the two teams.