Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry underlined he and his teammates were determined to end Phoenix Suns' 18-game winning streak on Friday. The Suns set a franchise record of 18 consecutive wins after beating the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.
On Friday, Curry scored 23 points as the Warriors blew out the Suns 118-96. "Yes, because we lost to them already," Curry said. "You don't want them to come into your building and keep that streak going.
Obviously, it doesn't mean much but just our 19th win, but it is nice to protect your home court. Something's got to give, and we've had a really good home record and nice streak going ourselves in this building, so we'd rather keep ours going than let theirs live."
Curry ends Suns 'special streak'
The Suns' winning streak came to en and following the Warriors loss but Suns head coach Monty Williams was proud of how his team played during their winning streak. "I think every win is special," Williams said after the loss, which brought the Suns' record to 19-4, second-best in the NBA behind the Warriors.
"To me, it was the collective focus that we've had throughout this season, not just the streak. It's only been 23 games, right? So there's a lot of basketball to be played, but when we were 1-3 or whatever it was, there was no panic or 'What are we doing?' We just kind of hung in there and simplified some things and played good basketball.
"And I still think we're playing good basketball. We arguably played the best team in the league tonight, them or us. We're not quite sure who it is. It's good to be in that category." Suns star Chris Paul enjoyed every bit of their winning streak.
"The winning streak was a lot of fun," Paul said. "It's been a long time since we felt a loss. But hell, let's start a new one." Before the game, Williams said it would not be easy at all against the Warriors.
"A team that we just played and beat at home, we get to go to their place, a division game. It's a lot on the line," Johnson said. "This is what playing in the NBA is about. Going into these environments with these implications.
Granted it's a December game, but it means a lot. It means a lot to us to continue this streak. It's gonna be a fun one."