Warriors 106, Suns 104

Dorell Wright had no doubt of the outcome when Monta Ellis rose

to take Golden State’s final shot.

Ellis hit an 20-foot fadeaway jumper with 1 second remaining and

the Warriors beat the Phoenix Suns 106-104 on Wednesday night.

”I knew it was going in,” Wright said. ”That’s what he’s

about. He’s a gamer.”

Ellis shared Wright’s confidence.

”It looked good and felt good,” Ellis said. ”It was a tough

shot but I was locked in and focused on it and it went down for me.

Coach just told me to go with 5 seconds and get a good shot and I

thought I did that.”

Channing Frye’s 3-point attempt rolled off the back of the rim

at the buzzer, giving the Warriors their first win in Phoenix since

March 18, 2005.

Ellis finished with a game-high 26 points, Wright had 23 and

David Lee added 22 for the Warriors, who squandered a 21-point lead

before rallying in the final 2:16.

”I feel like we executed on both sides of the basketball when

it matters most,” said Warriors coach Mark Jackson. ”If I had to

design a win, I would have designed it this way. It was much better

for our future to grind out a win.”

Golden State played all but 1 minute of the final three quarters

and the entire second half without Stephen Curry, who strained a

tendon in his right foot with 2:19 to play in the first


Frye had 22 points, Marcin Gortat scored 21 and Jared Dudley

finished with 17 for the Suns, whose two-game winning streak was


”The way we approached the game sucked,” said Suns coach Alvin

Gentry. ”We end up defending the hell out of the guy and he makes

the shot. But that’s not the difference in the game. The difference

in the game was the first 10 minutes of the game.

”I’m disgusted with the way we played and I’m disgusted with

the fact that we got a chance to enter the break on something

upbeat and positive and instead we just walk through the first 10

minutes of the game.”

Phoenix, behind for only 97 seconds in its previous two games,

trailed the Warriors until the final 3:50 when Dudley scored on a

layup off a lobbed inbounds pass to give the Suns a 96-94 lead.

Dudley also gave Phoenix its final lead, 100-99, when he scored

off an offensive rebound with 2:26 to go.

The Warriors scored five straight to go back ahead 104-100, the

last on Nate Robinson’s basket with 1:23 to go, only to see the

Suns tie the game again on a dunk by Frye with 1:03 left and Grant

Hill’s layup with 11.6 to go.

”We were panicking,” Lee said. ”We just didn’t show it. We

really didn’t want to lose this one especially because we’ve lost

13 in a row here. We held down the fort, got a few stops and some

good shots on offense.”

Golden State scored the game’s first seven points and ran out to

a 39-22 lead after one. The Warriors stretched the lead to as many

as 21 points, 59-38, before settling for a 59-45 halftime lead.

”We can’t have those dry spells and defensively we were bad,”

Dudley said. ”I can’t quite put my finger on why we played bad in

the first quarter. It wasn’t just one thing. Even with that, we got

back in the game and battled out way back.”

NOTES: Curry jogged out of the locker room with a minute left in

the first half and checked in for the final 18 seconds of the half,

but sat out the remainder of the game. . Warriors F Ekpe Udoh was

limited to one shot in 21 minutes by a left knee contusion. …

Golden State’s 39 first-quarter points were a season high. . The

Warriors won the season series against Phoenix for the first time

since 1994-95.