Suns Clamp Stephen Curry, Prove Warriors Aren't The Team To Beat In The NBA

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Ernesto Cova

NBA fans had what they were craving for last night when the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors clashed in a potential Western Conference Finals preview.

The two teams with the best record in the league met for bragging rights and the first spot in the West.

Notably, it was Monty Williams' team who had the last laugh, as the Suns shot nearly 50% from the floor and 40% from beyond the arc to beat the Warriors 104-96 to take their record to 18-3.

Mikal Brigdes' Defense Drives Curry Crazy

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It was an off night for leading MVP candidate Stephen Curry, who scored 12 points with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, and 1 turnover. Moreover, he was just 4/21 from the floor, 3/14 from three, and only went to the line once.

This was Curry's worst shooting performance when attempting at least 20 shots, per NBA.com

Most of that has to be credited to Mikal Bridges, who continues to make a case for being one of the best defenders in the world.

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Suns Were Perfect In November

Perhaps the most impressive part about the Suns' win was the fact that it led them to a perfect November.

The Suns are riding a league-best 17 game winning streak after starting off the year 1-3 and are clearly the best team in the Association right now. They have the second-best defensive rating (104) in the NBA while also owning the seventh-best offensive rating (111.6), per Basketball Reference.

But, just in case there were any doubters, Suns star Devin Booker took to Twitter to remind everyone just how good they were over the past 30 days.

Devin Bookers Injury Is A Big Concern

Nonetheless, it wasn't all good news for Monty Williams' team last night.

Booker was only able to play 15 minutes in the game before leaving midway through the second quarter with a hamstring injury.

The Kentucky product couldn't return to the game and left with 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist.

Now, the Suns' leading scorer is expected to miss a couple of weeks, which is terrible news as they'll have a rematch with the Warriors on Saturday and will play four more games over the next seven days.

What's Next For Deandre Ayton?

Now, it'll be up to the rest of the team to step up and fill the offensive void, starting with big man Deandre Ayton.

Ayton is currently averaging 16.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 0.9 steals per game on 63% from the floor and is one of the most talented offensive big men in the league.

He's playing on a contract year and there will be no better time to prove to the Suns that he's worthy of a max contract than during this stretch without Booker.

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