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Stephen Curry's 33 points pace Warriors in Christmas Day win over Suns

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Stephen Curry and Otto Porter (NBAE via Getty Images)

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.

NBA.com tracked the matchup between the Suns and Warriors with live updates and highlights.

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Warriors vs. Suns live updates, highlights from NBA Christmas game

Warriors vs. Suns on Christmas Day score
1 2 3 4
Warriors 33 25 26 32
Suns 27 35 22 23

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!

Jonathan Kuminga has been super impressive.

Steph Curry needs just one more made three-pointer for 3,000 in his career.

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!

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.

"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.

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.

All I want for Christmas is to shoot like Steph Curry

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.

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.

GPII EXPLODING AT THE RIM

Steph just keeps adding to this record. 156 games and counting.

Steph is now five triples away from 3000

We're underway at the Footprint Center courtesy of a 3-pointer from Draymond Green.

Pregame

Add Andre Iguodala to the Warriors' injury report. The 18-year veteran is out Saturday with knee swelling.

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.

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.

TV Schedule for NBA on Christmas
Time Matchup Channel
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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