Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Otto Porter Jr. saved seven points of his season-high 19 for a personal scoring flurry in the final 2:09 as the short-handed Golden State Warriors (27-6) stunned the host Phoenix Suns (26-6) 116-107 (33-27, 25-35, 26-22, 32-23) in an NBA showcase game on Christmas Day.

Player of the Game
Stephen  Curry
EFF
25
Stephen Curry
Points 33
Accuracy 10-27
Rebounds 4
Assists 6

Stephen Curry connected on five 3-pointers during a game-high, 33-point performance - his high Christmas game - as the Warriors (27-6) reclaimed the top spot in the Western Conference with a second win in three head-to-head matchups with the Suns (26-6) this season.

Chris Paul led a balanced attack with 21 points and a team-high eight assists for Phoenix, which saw its 15-game home winning streak come to an end.

Getting a rare start with the Warriors missing Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, Damion Lee and Moses Moody for COVID reasons, as well as injured Klay Thompson, James Wiseman and Andre Iguodala, Porter hit eight of his 13 shots, including three straight after the Suns had closed within 109-107 on a Jae Crowder 3-pointer with 3:01 to play.

Porter converted a Gary Payton II assist into a 16-footer for a 111-107 lead with 2:09 to go, a Draymond Green pass into another midrange jumper for a six-point advantage with 1:40 left and another Green dish for a back-breaking 3-pointer that left the Suns in a 116-107 hole with just 1:07 remaining.

In a tightly contested contest in which neither team led by more than 10, the Warriors appeared to be taking command when Porter buried a 3-pointer for a 107-99 advantage with 4:50 to go.

But the Suns bounced right back, getting 3-pointers from Paul and Crowder in a quick 8-2 burst that made it a two-point game again.

Phoenix had a subsequent chance to tie, but Curry stole the ball from Paul and, despite missing a floater at the other end, Kevon Looney retrieved the miss, got it to Payton, who in turn found Porter for the first of his difference-making hoops.

Payton finished with 14 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who won their third straight. Jonathan Kuminga chipped in with 12 points and Nemanja Bjelica 10 for Golden State, which outscored Phoenix 42-33 on 3-pointers.

Looney was the game's leading rebounder with 10 to go with eight points, while Green had a well-rounded stats line with eight points, eight rebounds, a game-high 10 assists and three steals.

Paul complemented his 21 points and eight assists with six rebounds for the Suns, who hadn't lost at home since opening the season with a pair of home setbacks at the hands of the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings.

Deandre Ayton backed Paul with 18 points, while Mikal Bridges had 17, Devin Booker 13 on just 5-for-19 shooting and Cam Johnson 11.

Phoenix Suns: Chris Paul 21 (8 AST), DeAndre Ayton 18 (7 REB), Mikal Bridges 17 (6 REB), Devin Booker 13, Cameron Johnson 11

Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry 33 (6 AST), Otto Porter 19 (6 REB), Gary Payton II 14 (8 REB), Jonathan Kuminga 12, Nemanja Bjelica 10

Highlights

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Phoenix Suns
Golden State Warriors
48%
40/83
Field goals
49%
42/85
42
Rebounds
47
20
Assists
28
5
Steals
11
13
Turnovers
11
2
Blocks
7

Best players

Chris  Paul
21 PTS
7/14 FG
5/5 FT
Stephen  Curry
33 PTS
10/27 FG
8/9 FT
Phoenix Suns
Few players
7 REB
Kevon  Looney
10 REB
4 DREB
6 OREB
Chris  Paul
8 As
2 TO
38 MIN
Draymond  Green
10 As
4 TO
34 MIN
Deandre  Ayton
24 EFF
80% 2P%
- 3P%
Stephen  Curry
25 EFF
45% 2P%
31% 3P%