Warriors dim Suns with solid defensive performance

Golden State still not shooting well, but able to beat overmatched foe

It wasn’t convincing considering the opponent, but the Golden State Warriors earned their second win of the season on Sunday in Phoenix.

The team’s former MVPs, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, carried the team offensively, scoring a combined for 65 points as the Dubs went on to beat the young Suns, 106-100.

The coaching staff is still toying with rotations and combinations, which is what head coach Steve Kerr attributed to the team’s sloppy play at points. But the Warriors, led by Draymond Green, picked up their defensive intensity in the second half, playing more inspired on that side of the ball than any of the other two games this season.

“Draymond is a junkyard dog who has turned himself into an all star,” Kerr said after the game. “But at his core, he’s a guy who defends and rebounds and competes like crazy.”

Green finished with 13 rebounds, nine assists and three blocks to go with five points.

One of the many benefits of adding Durant during the offseason was on display in the contest as the long forward was able to keep the offense from stagnating entirely by earning trips to the free-throw line. KD finished with 37 points — 15 from the line — with four rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Golden State is in for its toughest opponent of the season since the season opener against the Spurs when it plays Portland on Tuesday.

At the least, the game against the Trail Blazers will be an opportunity for the Dubs to improve on their poor 3-point shooting so far. They’ve hit 24-of-90 this season.

“Those will start going,” Kerr said. “When they start going, we’ll probably look a little better. … The offense will look a little smoother. My main concern is our defensive competition level and I thought in the second half that picked up and that was a great sign.”

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