After rolling through much of this month, the Golden State Warriors are on the verge of their longest losing streak this season.
They’ll try to avoid a third straight loss by extending their home dominance over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.
Golden State had won 13 of 14 and a franchise-best 19 in a row at home before a 113-111 overtime loss to Chicago on Tuesday. The Warriors (36-8) then endured a 110-100 defeat in Utah on Friday.
They’ve scored at least 100 points in 16 consecutive games, but have given up at least 101 in each of their last five and an average of 111.3 in their last three contests. Golden State has also been outrebounded by a combined 116-89 in its back-to-back defeats.
"We have to get our edge back," said coach Steve Kerr, a former Suns general manager. "It’s all energy. It’s all focus and being on edge. Everybody in this league has so much talent, so it’s usually the team that has a little better edge, physically, emotionally that gets the boards and gets the loose balls."
The Warriors, who haven’t lost three in a row since Nov. 20-23, 2013, are seeking a sixth consecutive home win over the Suns (28-20).
Phoenix is heading on the road after winning six of its franchise-record eight consecutive home games. The Suns scored 31 points in the fourth quarter Friday to hold off Chicago in a 99-93 victory.
Phoenix limited the Bulls to 4-of-18 shooting from 3-point range and has held its last two opponents to an average of 95.5 points after allowing an average of 111.5 in its previous four games.
"I thought our defense played great tonight," coach Jeff Hornacek said. "They challenged just about every shot. … Overall, it was a great game. We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (43.3 percent and 27.3 from 3-point range), but we made them in the fourth quarter when we needed it."
Eric Bledsoe led the way with 23 points after being held to eight in a 106-98 victory over Washington on Wednesday. Goran Dragic had 21 points and has a combined 41 in the back-to-back wins after totaling 12 points in back-to-back defeats.
Dragic had 19 points while Isaiah Thomas and Gerald Green shined in the fourth quarter in a 107-95 home win over Golden State on Nov. 9. Thomas scored 15 of his team-best 22 points in that period and Green had 16 of his 19.
Warriors star Stephen Curry scored only six of his 28 points after halftime, and Klay Thompson missed his only game this season due to a sprained right hand.
Thompson had 12 points and failed to hit a 3-pointer for the first time in 30 games Friday. He had averaged 37.7 points and made 18 of 32 from 3-point range in his prior three games. He is averaging 23.7 points on 63.6 percent shooting and has made 10 of 17 from beyond the arc in his last three home games against Phoenix.
The Suns have taken three of the past five overall meetings but haven’t won at Golden State since Feb. 7, 2011.