Carl Landry scored 14 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and the Warriors overcame an awful post-contract night by Stephen Curry to beat the Phoenix Suns 87-85 in the teams’ season opener Wednesday.
Curry, who earlier in the day agreed to a four-year, $44 million extension with the Warriors, missed his first 10 shots from the field and wound up 2-of-14 with five points. He missed two free throws with 4.4 seconds left to allow the Suns a chance at a game-winning shot, but Sebastian Telfair’s 3-point attempt came after the buzzer, and misfired anyway.
Goran Dragic had 17 points and Luis Scola added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the Suns’ first game in the post-Steve Nash era.
Klay Thompson was the only Warriors starter in double figures with 16 points. He made just six of 16 shots but was 4-of-7 on 3-pointers and grabbed eight rebounds. Brandon Rush added 14 points for Golden State, all in the first half.
Andrew Bogut, playing for the first time since breaking his left ankle Jan. 25, had eight points and six rebounds in 18½ minutes in his Warriors debut.
Curry’s night of futility ended when, after misfiring 10 times, he hit an 18-footer with 8:40 to play. The basket triggered a 10-2 run that tied it at 76-76 on Landry’s dunk with 5:32 to play. P.J. Tucker’s inside basket put Phoenix back on top, 78-76, then Thompson’s fourth 3-pointer of the game gave the Warriors a 79-78 lead with 4:42 to play.
Scola’s turnaround 9-foot bank shot gave the Suns their final lead, 84-83, with 1:43 to play. Landry’s dunk put Golden State ahead 85-84, then his 17-footer put the Warriors ahead 87-84 with 54 seconds to go.
Dragic made one of two free throws with 5.6 seconds left to cut the lead to 87-85, and Curry, the Warriors’ best free throw shooter on most nights, missed two from the line with 4.4 seconds left. Dragic brought the ball downcourt but instead of taking the shot, passed to Telfair.