Quinn Cook Powers Warriors to 124-109 Win over Phoenix
After losing to the Sacramento Kings on Friday night, the Golden State Warriors (52-17) would be wrapping up a back-to-back against the Phoenix Suns (19-51). The Warriors would still be without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant, but they still had Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala. Iguodala was questionable heading into the game after bumping knees with a Sacramento King, but he was cleared to play. Omri Casspi was also joining Curry, Klay, and KD on the injured list as he sprained his ankle in the game on Friday, he is scheduled to miss approximately a week. Devin Booker would be out for the Suns after injuring his hand. Quinn Cook would be looking to follow up his excellent 25-point performance with another excellent game. The Warriors went on to win the game 124-109.
Both teams shot the ball well from three-point land in the first quarter, with both teams scoring a majority of their points from beyond the arc. The two teams combined to make 13/18 threes in the quarter. For the Warriors, Nick Young and Quinn Cook were both leading the charge in scoring and made threes. Young scored 11 points and made two threes, while Cook had eight points with two threes. Kevon Looney was playing well for the Warriors in the opening quarter, and had six points. The Suns were led by Josh Jackson, who had 13 points. Troy Daniels was also spectacular in the quarter for the Suns, and he had 11 points while making three threes. Both teams were shooting above 50% from both the field and the three-point line. The two teams were going shot-for-shot with each other in the opening quarter, and the Suns led 34-30 heading to the second quarter.
The Phoenix Suns opened the second quarter with a big run as they continued their scorching start. At one point, the Suns held a 15-point lead, but the Warriors were able to scratch and claw their way back into the game. Josh Jackson was playing incredibly for the Suns, and he had 20 points in the half. He was doing a very good job of running the offense while also slithering through the Warriors defense like a snake in tall grass. As a team, the Suns were still red-hot when shooting the ball, as their field goal percentage at halftime was 50%, and they were shooting 66.7% from three. Their three point shooting was particularly remarkable due to the fact that they are the worst three point shooting team in the NBA this season. The Warriors were having a tough time scoring the ball throughout the entire quarter, but managed to get some good looks towards the end on mid-range jumpers. Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston were both fouled on jumpers late, which they turned into three point plays. Nick Young was still the leading scorer for the Warriors, and he had 16 points on 6/11 shooting. Young also got into a small scuffle with Dragan Bender and picked up a technical foul. Quinn Cook was the next highest scorer for the Warriors with eight points, with Kevon Looney and Shaun Livingston right behind him with seven points each. As a team, the Warriors were shooting 44.7% from the field and 37.5% from three. At the half, the Suns led the Warriors 60-52.
In the third quarter, the Warriors offense exploded. They were playing with great fluidity on both ends of the court, but their offense was a thing of beauty. They got back into the game thanks to some nice layups and shots around the hoop that they ended up getting fouled on, but then they got hot from outside again. Andre Iguodala hit a three, Draymond hit a three, and Quinn Cook hit several threes en route to scoring 16 points in the quarter. The Warriors were moving the ball around and getting open shots. Their field goal percentage rose to 50% once again, and they were shooting 42.3% from deep. Quinn Cook took the lead from Nick Young in the scoring department with 22 points. Five different Warriors were in double-digits for scoring, and they were Quinn Cook, Nick Young, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green, and Kevon Looney. The Suns were still being led by Josh Jackson, who was still white-hot with 28 points on 11/15 shooting. After the third, the Warriors led 94-85.
The fourth quarter saw the Warriors continue their hot shooting and they would close out the Phoenix Suns with relative ease. The Warriors field goal percentage continued to rise, and by the time the final buzzer sounded, they were shooting 52.6% overall and 41.9% from three. Quinn Cook was still leading the way for the Warriors, scoring wise, and he scored a career-high 28 points. Draymond Green got hot and ended up finishing the game with 25 points while also hitting four threes. Nick Young also got up to 20 points, and the entire Warriors bench was looking incredibly sharp. The Suns kept fighting until the bitter end, and no one fought harder than Josh Jackson, who finished the game 36 points, and two of those came on a breakaway dunk after picking Draymond’s pocket. The Suns field goal percentage dipped to just 47.6% overall and 45.8% from three. The key for the Warriors in this game was that they forced the Suns to commit 19 turnovers, which will lead to a win 99 times out of 100. The Warriors won the game 124-109.
This was a great game, and the second half was one of the best halves of basketball that the Warriors have played this year. The Warriors benefitted from some incredible performances. Quinn Cook had a career-high 28 points, just the day after he set his previous career-high with 25 points. Draymond Green was also as dominant as he has ever been, scoring 25 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and dishing out eight assists. Kevon Looney had a career night, scoring a career-high 13 points as well as blocking a career-high six shots. Seven different players had at least 10 points for the Warriors, and they played a really solid game all-around, and I was thoroughly impressed by the ball movement and the ability to make the extra pass.
This was the last back-to-back of the season for the Warriors, and they ended on an incredibly high note. It looked as if all the reserves were able to get their groove back, and if they can keep this going as the three-headed monster that is KD, Steph, and Klay returns, then the Warriors will be even more dangerous than they already are.
The Warriors play next on Monday, March 19, in Texas against the San Antonio Spurs at 6:30 p.m.