Stephen Jackson had 23 points in a losing effort for the Warriors. Al Harrington added 20 points, six rebounds, and six steals. Coach Don Nelson elected to sit Baron Davis out the entire second half because of a awful shooting night: 2-13 FG, seven points, in 17 minutes. Golden State could've definitely used him.
Phoenix opened up the game high tempo as usual and the Warriors were right at home. The Suns opened with a 15-9 lead and stretched it to 71-57 by halftime.
The W's came out of the tunnel fired up though, outscoring Mike D'Antoni's team and taking a 95-90 lead into the final period.
The Suns, however, were determined to avenge this month's home loss to the Mavericks. Steve Nash and co. went on a quick tear, outscoring Golden State by more than eight in a period of three minutes. The W's had no answer.
Stoudemire had 11 points in the quarter including a pair of free throws with 2:28 remaining that gave the Suns the lead for good; they never trailed the rest of the way.
Carmelo Anthony, A.I., George Karl, and Denver fans like myself were shouting from the rooftops when we got word of this news.
The road up ahead for the Denver Nuggets will not be an easy one as they will play either MVP candidate Chris Paul or Kobe Bryant in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The playoffs begin on Saturday.