The Warriors struggled in the second half of their 134-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday at Footprint Center.
Golden State scored just 39 points in the second half, and Suns big man Deandre Ayton may have shown why the Warriors lost steam in the final 24 minutes of the game.
Ayton said that instead of trading buckets with the Warriors, the Suns wanted to take a different approach and stay physical.
“[We] it got to them,” Ayton told reporters after the game. “And teams don’t like that. If you keep killing, you know, killing people all the time, especially at the border of the law, people will be sad and complain to the counselors … But we were here and we were very proud me for that.
“That’s a lot of growth because last year, I think we kept going back and forth throughout that game and it was one of those games where they wanted us to come back with baskets and they ended up getting them. power. the next game in a long time. And we really gave it up.”
With Phoenix playing a physical style of basketball, the Warriors’ defensive defense began to struggle early in the 2022-23 NBA season, giving up 72 points in the first half to the Suns are about to release 70-plus. the second.
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The game looks like the two teams are playing in a playoff series, two heavyweight champions of the Western Conference going head-to-head. With their next game on November 16th, many will no doubt be watching to see how the Warriors respond to the physicality of the Suns.
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