The two best teams in the NBA battled it out on Christmas Day when the Suns hosted the Warriors.
The Suns and Warriors are quite familiar with each other already, the Christmas Day game marked the third meeting between the two teams within the last month.
On Nov. 30, the Suns defeated the Warriors by a final score of 104-96 to record their 17th straight victory, tying a franchise record. The Suns set the franchise record for consecutive wins by defeating the Pistons a few days later, only for the Warriors to bring an end to their streak on Dec. 3 with a comfortable 118-96 win.
On Christmas, Stephen Curry set a new personal holiday career-high of 33 points to help the Warriors win a fun matchup, 116-107. The Warriors got good contributions from Otto Porter Jr. (19 points, six rebounds), Gary Payton Jr. (14 points, eight rebounds) and Jonathan Kuminga (12 points), while the Suns were led by Chris Paul (21 points, eight assists), DeAndre Ayton (18 points, seven rebounds) and Devin Booker (13 points, three assists).
The Warriors win - their third in a row - takes them back to the top of the Western Conference standings, half a game ahead of the Suns.
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Warriors vs. Suns live updates, highlights from NBA Christmas game
End of the fourth quarter: Warriors 116, Suns 107
Steph Curry 33 points, 6 assists
Otto Porter 19 points, 6 rebounds
Chris Paul 21 points, 8 assists
DeAndre Ayton 18 points, 7 rebounds
Otto Porter has been incredible!
OTTO PORTER JR. = CLUTCH pic.twitter.com/KpPf7zDkMy- Golden State Warriors (@warriors) December 26, 2021
Jonathan Kuminga has been super impressive.
"That's no rookie!"- NBA (@NBA) December 26, 2021
Jonathan Kuminga with the TOUGH reverse...6 minutes left on ABC 🔥#NBAXmas #NBARooks pic.twitter.com/QOb1Na3WFx
Steph Curry needs just one more made three-pointer for 3,000 in his career.
🚨 Steph Curry is 1 three-pointer away from 3,000 for his career! 🚨- NBA (@NBA) December 26, 2021
He's got 33.
Get to ABC now.#NBAXmas
Both teams have found their offensive groove to start the fourth. Phoenix lead by one. 95-94.
End of the third quarter: Suns 84, Warriors 84
Steph Curry 23 points, 4 assists
Gary Payton Jr. 14 points, 7 rebounds
Chris Paul 16 points, 5 assists
Devin Booker 13 points, 3 assists
COUNT IT D BOOK!
🗣 COUNT IT @DevinBook ➡️ #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/ucoyNpRSZa- Phoenix Suns (@Suns) December 26, 2021
9-0 run for the Suns. Cam Payne knocks down a three to give the Suns a three point lead.
In today's surprising news, Steph Curry has scored 20+ points in a Christmas Day game for the first time EVER.
Curry cracks Christmas curse pic.twitter.com/beMzoawm01- Sporting News NBA (@sn_nba) December 25, 2021
"Kevon Looney is not good. He's not solid. He's great." - Steve Kerr on Looney pre-game. Warriors lead by six. Chris Paul has been called for a technical foul.
Kevon Looney making a big-time 2-way impact!@warriors 77@Suns 71#NBAXmas on ABC pic.twitter.com/4LNowTennK- NBA (@NBA) December 25, 2021
Suns still maintaining their four-point lead early in the third.
End of the second Quarter: Suns 62, Warriors 58
Steph Curry 17 points, 4 assists
Gary Payton Jr. 12 points, 3 rebounds
Chris Paul 16 points, 4 assists
DeAndre Ayton 14 points, 5 rebounds
High-scoring quarter comes to an end. Suns outscored the Dubs by ten to take a four-point lead into the halftime break.
Draymond Green has been assessed a technical foul and the Suns are in the midst of a 16-3 run. They're up 3.
D.Book wanted a Christmas Day game, and he's definitely showed up tonight.
The hustle.- NBA (@NBA) December 25, 2021
Devin Booker going to work...@Suns in front on ABC!#NBAXmas pic.twitter.com/7wp2fG90ST
All I want for Christmas is to shoot like Steph Curry
Steph doing Steph things 🎯 pic.twitter.com/V2d9a3Pcfo- NBA TV (@NBATV) December 25, 2021
This second quarter has quite a bit of pace to it now. Real up-and-down by both teams.
Kyle Kuzma wants you to know how good Draymond Green is.
Do y'all know how good @Money23Green is????????- kuz (@kylekuzma) December 25, 2021
End of the First Quarter: Warriors 33, Suns 27
Steph Curry 11 points
Gary Payton Jr. 6 points
Chris Paul 8 points
DeAndre Ayton 8 points
End of the quarter. This is a fun one. Warriors lead the Suns 33-27.
Draymond Green: Blocked Cam Johnson's 3 on a closeout, Led the ensuing break, and finds JTA for a layup. He's incredible.
MR. DRAYMOND.- NBA Italia (@NBAItalia) December 25, 2021
GREEN. SR.#NBAXMas | @Money23Green pic.twitter.com/Wo8OsDN9tl
GPII EXPLODING AT THE RIM
"GP II, DETONATING AT THE RIM!"@warriors 24@Suns 19#NBAXmas on ABC pic.twitter.com/zaEMHyEXOR- NBA (@NBA) December 25, 2021
Steph just keeps adding to this record. 156 games and counting.
156th straight game with a SPLASH#StephenCurry || #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/eRGlBTrXvl- Golden State Warriors (@warriors) December 25, 2021
Steph is now five triples away from 3000
Steph steps back for three...he's 5 triples away from 3,000 for his career!#NBAXmas on ABC pic.twitter.com/B66FJRLzqe- NBA (@NBA) December 25, 2021
We're underway at the Footprint Center courtesy of a 3-pointer from Draymond Green.
Add Andre Iguodala to the Warriors' injury report. The 18-year veteran is out Saturday with knee swelling.
Andre Iguodala is OUT today against the Suns- Kendra Andrews (@kendra__andrews) December 25, 2021
Given their injury issues, the Warriors will roll with a starting lineup of Stephen Curry, Gary Payton II, Otto Porter Jr., Draymond Green and Kevon Looney.
Same starting lineup for the Warriors in Phoenix today- Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 25, 2021
Gary Payton II
Otto Porter Jr.
Damion Lee, Moses Moody, Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and James Wiseman are each listed as out for the Warriors. Frank Kaminsky, Abdel Nader and Dario Saric are out for the Suns.
NBA Christmas Day schedule
All times below are in Eastern Standard Time.
|12:00 p.m.||Hawks at Knicks||ESPN|
|2:30 p.m.||Celtics at Bucks||ABC|
|5:00 p.m.||Warriors at Suns||ABC|
|8:00 p.m.||Nets at Lakers||ESPN|
|10:30 p.m.||Mavericks at Jazz||ESPN|
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