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Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona  Attendance: 17,081

Suns look to end 17-game skid vs. Warriors

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According to STATS

Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns

  1. The Warriors have won their last 17 games against the Suns, their longest winning streak against any opponent in franchise history. It's the second-longest active win streak in the NBA by any team against a single opponent (Thunder over 76ers, 19 straight).
  2. The Warriors have won 10 straight road games, scoring 110+ points in all of them. That's tied for the second-most consecutive road games both winning and scoring 110+ points in NBA history; the Lakers had a 15-game streak in 1971-72, while the Celtics had a 10-game streak in 1960-61.
  3. Draymond Green is averaging at least 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game for a fourth consecutive season. The only players in NBA history to do that in at least four straight seasons are LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd, Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook.
  4. The Suns have lost 12 straight games, their seventh double-digit losing streak over the last seven seasons (since 2012-13). They had just seven double-digit losing streaks over the first 44 seasons of their existence (1968-69 through 2011-12).
  5. Deandre Ayton has had 20+ points and 10+ rebounds in both of his career games against the Warriors, the first player to do that in each of his first two career games against the Warriors since Lamar Odom in 1999-00. The last player to do so in each of his first three games against Golden State was David Robinson (10 straight from 1989-92).
  6. New Sun Tyler Johnson has had an uncanny ability for blocking shots for a player of his size. His 99 blocks since the start of the 2016-17 season are fourth most among NBA players 6-foot-4 or shorter, behind only Jrue Holiday (154), John Wall (123) and Dwyane Wade (108).

Klay Thompson gets an opportunity to celebrate his 29th birthday at one of the Golden State Warriors' favorite destinations Friday night, when the two-time defending champions visit the Phoenix Suns.

Two clubs streaking in opposite directions collide in a mismatch magnified by the fact that the Warriors have beaten the Suns 17 times in a row dating back to November of 2014.

The Pacific Division rivals have met twice this season with similar outcomes, with Golden State shooting better than 51 percent in both their 123-103 home and 132-109 road wins.

The Warriors will take the court Friday riding an NBA-best, 10-game road winning streak. Their last loss away from home came Dec. 19 at Utah.

Meanwhile, the Suns have lost four in a row at home and 12 straight overall since a home win over Denver on Jan. 12.

The Warriors have won 13 of 14 overall, including a 141-102 shellacking of the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr credited being able to practice twice in the three days between games Saturday and Wednesday as a factor in the impressive performance, one that didn't surprise him.

"I'm not really in awe of it," he insisted to reporters after the game. "That's kind of what we're capable of."

No team knows that better than the Suns, against whom the Warriors have made 14 3-pointers in each of their two earlier wins this season.

Stephen Curry averaged 31.5 points and Kevin Durant 23.5 in the wins, which were accomplished without much help from Thompson, who totaled 31 points in the two games, shooting just 11-for-27 overall and 3-for-10 on 3-pointers.

Thompson had 28 points in a win over Chicago on his birthday two years ago, but he has scored a total of 44 points in his three other games on his birthday, with Golden State going 1-2.

The Warriors will see a different edition of the Suns than the one they beat in Phoenix on New Year's Eve. The Suns acquired Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington from Miami at the trade deadline for the Ryan Anderson, though Ellington was waived Thursday.

Phoenix is hoping Johnson, who can play both guard positions, proves to be a nice complement for standout guard Devin Booker.

"He brings some toughness, some energy, some healthy DNA that we need as a group," Suns coach Igor Kokoskov evaluated for the media. "Excited to have him."

The marriage with Booker might have to wait, however. He sat out Wednesday's 116-88 loss at Utah with a hamstring issue and is expected to be a game-time decision Friday.

Johnson made 10 starts for the Heat this season, scoring 15 or more points in four of them.

The left-hander had a 13-point game against the Warriors the last time he faced them in December of 2017.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 7, 2019

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