“If you’re a second too late, they’re gonna pass right by you and come the other way,” said Sedin, who has seven points in his last seven games. “These guys can score, they got offensive skill up front and we knew it was going to be a back and forth game. We played good in the first and good in the third, but in the second it got away from of us.”
Along with his assist on Nosek’s goal, Perron tied his career-high of 57 points.
After that it will be back to the football grind for the fifth-year pro, who will take plenty of training and medicinal methods with him but also be able to add another skill and a once-in-a-lifetime experience to his already impressive resume.
“I love the experience and I think it’s going to serve me well in the future,” he said. “It was on my bucket list. Back home the Olympics is like a religion, growing up we were just watching it all day through the winter. Discovering new sports, no matter if you’re looking at skeleton or bobsledding or curling or whatever it is, everything is impressive when it’s the Olympics.
Curry exploded for 44 points on 14-of-19 from the field, including 8-of-11 from beyond the arc, to go with 6 rebounds and 10 assists in 37 minutes. It was his third 40-point game of the season.
Kevin Durant chipped in 24 points and eight boards, and Klay Thompson had 19 points. Thompson reached 10,000 career points, becoming the 10th player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
First-quarter play has been an issue for the Warriors, but their production in the first is what got them over Thursday night.
Jackson carried the offensive load along with T.J. Warren when the Suns were shorthanded at point guard and without Devin Booker, but now that Booker is back and Elfrid Payton is running the point things have changed. Jackson managed 22 points in Booker’s first game back from injury, but it’s unlikely he repeats the 10-15 shooting he had in that contest. With fewer shots to go around now that the Suns are at full strength, it’s going to take that type of efficiency against the Clippers for him to be a value. Don’t bank on it.