After knocking off an unbeaten team, the Golden State Warriors have a chance for their best start since moving west.
They’ll also try to maintain the NBA’s only perfect record when they take on a Phoenix Suns team that’s struggled to slow down opponents so far this month Sunday night.
Stephen Curry had a season-high 34 points on 13-of-19 shooting, 10 rebounds and four steals Saturday as Golden State (5-0) won 98-87 over Houston, which was missing star center Dwight Howard and two other starters.
The Warriors overcame a season-high 26 turnovers and Klay Thompson’s season-worst 3-for-16 shooting performance by holding the Rockets to their fewest points in 2014-15 and 34.9 percent shooting.
"We’re not there yet. That’s the scary thing. We know we probably played a good game for maybe a half tonight and still pulled out a win," said center Andrew Bogut, who had a season-high 18 rebounds and four blocks. "We’ve had some games where we haven’t played well but pulled out victories. It’s a great sign.
"We have a lot more work to do, and we think our ceiling is still not even close."
The Warriors will next try to win their first six games for the first time since they were 9-0 in 1960-61, when the franchise was in Philadelphia and Wilt Chamberlain was in his second season. The franchise moved to the Bay Area before the 1962-63 campaign.
Golden State, averaging league bests of 107.2 points and 49.3 percent shooting, will go for that 6-0 mark against a Phoenix team that’s allowed an average of 110.0 points in four games this month. The Suns (3-3) have lost three of those contests and were edged 114-112 in double overtime by visiting Sacramento on Friday.
They blew an 11-point lead entering the fourth quarter by getting outscored 22-11 in that final period and squandered a four-point lead in the final two minutes of the second overtime while missing their final four shots.
"We had several times in this game where we had nine-point leads and we give up six easy points and didn’t even challenge," coach Jeff Hornacek said.
Phoenix will next try to avoid its first three-game losing streak at home since a seven-game skid March 20-April 7, 2013, by earning its third straight win in the desert against the Warriors.
The Suns claimed both home meetings last season but lost in their two trips to Golden State and have dropped eight of 10 overall in the series.
Phoenix guard Goran Dragic has averaged 23.8 points, made 16 of 18 from 3-point range and shot 63.3 percent overall in his past five games against Golden State. He had a combined 58 points in the final two matchups last season while sinking 18 of 27 shots and 9 of 10 from 3-point range.
Dragic is averaging 13.7 points and shooting 41.1 percent this season but had a season-high 22 points in the loss to Sacramento. Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points for the second straight game after averaging 11.0 in his first four.