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Curry leads Warriors into Phoenix

(SportsNetwork.com) - All-Star Steph Curry is carrying a hot hand right now for the Golden State Warriors and will take his show to the road Saturday against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center.

Curry is averaging 30.1 points and 8.3 assists in his last seven games and has four 30-point performances in that time. He finished with 34 points and nine assists in Thursday's 102-87 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

The Warriors were without center Andrew Bogut and power forward David Lee due to injury, so Klay Thompson was needed and posted 22 points. Harrison Barnes and Jordan Crawford both scored 11 points for Golden State, which made 48.2 percent from the field and sank 11-of-22 3-pointers.

"We are a no excuse basketball team, so whoever is in uniform it is a great opportunity for them to step up and take advantage of the opportunity in front them," Golden State coach Mark Jackson said.

Jackson's unit used a 32-12 run to erase a 16-point deficit and rallied from 15 points or more for the fifth time this season. Jackson also notched the 100th victory in his coaching career.

Lee is out with a sprained left shoulder and is expected to miss Saturday's game at Phoenix. Bogut is dealing with a shoulder and knee issue, but is expected to play against the Suns.

Golden State, which has a 22-4 mark when holding the opposition below 100 points, is scheduled to play eight of the next 12 games on the road and has a 15-11 record outside of Oakland this season.

The Suns hope to get back on track when they open a pair of tough contests at home Saturday night. After the Warriors visit the desert, LeBron James and the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat come to town Tuesday.

Phoenix has lost two in a row after winning five straight and seven of eight games. In Wednesday's 122-108 loss at Houston, Rockets center Dwight Howard muscled his way to 34 points and 14 rebounds, and the Rockets scored no less than 27 points in each quarter.

Houston shot 63.0 percent from the field in the second half.

"Our defense hasn't been very good," said Phoenix head coach Jeff Hornacek, whose squad had a four-game road winning streak halted. "For us, we can't have the little mental mistakes."

Goran Dragic paced the Suns with 23 points, while P.J. Tucker, Gerald Green and Leandro Barbosa all scored 13 points. The Suns shot well in defeat, making 46.7 percent for the game, but were off the mark from 3-point range, finishing just 8-of-30 downtown. The Suns are making 9.3 3-pointers per game (2nd NBA).

Dragic is averaging 22.7 points per game in his last 21 contests and has scored 20-plus points 15 times in that stretch. Dragic, who was named Player of the Week in the West for Jan. 27-Feb. 2, has posted that many points during a six-game stretch, averaging 25.7 ppg in that span.

Only four of Phoenix's 20 losses this season have come by double-digits. The Suns suffered a loss of that kind to the Warriors on Dec. 27 in a 115-86 setback out west. The two teams have split a pair of meetings so far and the Warriors own a 7-1 mark in the previous eight encounters.

Golden State, though, has dropped 14 of 17 games in the desert.

The Suns are allowing 101.7 ppg and Golden State is posting 102.9 on offense.

02/08 10:04:37 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
11:05am Today
BOS
BAL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
ARI
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
TEX
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
HOU
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
Final
HOU 120
POR 122
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
Final
SJS 7
LOS 2
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
COL
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
9:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR