The Phoenix Suns beat the Golden State Warriors, 104-96, and have now won 17 straight games (longest in franchise history), including the last two over the leaders in the West and the East.
It was a highly anticipated showdown, as the Suns and the Warriors have the NBA’s best records. It was also the first time in league history that two teams from the same division played each other with winning percentages of .850 or higher after at least 20 regular-season games.
The game mostly lived up to the hype—at least until the Warriors, who had their seven-game winning streak snapped, went cold in the fourth quarter.
The Suns now have the best record in all the NBA land, at 18-3, which is tied for the best start in franchise history.
Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton and the Suns stifling defense won the game, even without Devin Booker (hamstring, left in the second quarter). The Warriors, with the best offense in the league, scored only 42 points in the whole second half.