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Suns, Warriors duke it out in Oakland

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Suns have played brilliantly for weeks and they'll try to keep it up Friday night when they visit the Golden State Warriors.

The Suns have won three in a row and eight of their last nine. The lone setback was a home loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Phoenix has won three straight on the road and it's the Suns, not the Warriors, who are closest to the Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific Division standings.

Phoenix is a game behind the Clips, while the Warriors are 2 1/2 off LA's pace.

Phoenix's most recent victory was a 117-90 drubbing of the Los Angeles Lakers Monday at US Airways Center.

Gerald Green scored 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc and Miles Plumlee had a monster outing with 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds.

"He's long, he's athletic, and he protects the rim for us," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek gushed about Plumlee. "Teams worry about him when they drive the ball to the basket because they know he can get his hands on balls."

Marcus Morris contributed 19 points off the bench, while the backcourt of Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic scored 16 and 12, respectively, with Bledsoe adding a season-high 11 rebounds. Both players also had seven assists.

All 12 Phoenix players who saw action scored.

The Warriors have won three straight, culminating in the 105-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Christmas night. The affair got quite heated as Golden State's Draymond Green was ejected for elbowing Blake Griffin in the throat. Griffin was also tossed after a skirmish with Warriors center Andrew Bogut.

"It's just physical basketball. We don't get caught up in it," said Warriors coach Mark Jackson. "Fouls, hard fouls, rebounds and screens - just good old fashioned basketball."

The NBA disagreed somewhat. Green was fined $15,000 and the league released a statement that Griffin shouldn't have been ejected since he didn't really do anything.

But the Warriors walked off with the win thanks to a great all-around effort. David Lee had 23 points and 13 rebounds. Klay Thompson scored 23, and Stephen Curry totaled 15 points and 11 assists. Bogut contributed 10 points and 14 boards and Harrison Barnes chipped in 14 off the bench.

During the three-game winning streak, the Warriors allowed 89 points per game.

Golden State embarks on a seven-game road trip, starting Saturday in Cleveland. The Warriors don't return home until Jan. 10 against the Boston Celtics.

The Suns bested the Warriors by four (106-102) in Phoenix on Dec. 15. The Warriors had won six straight before that, but the Suns are just 4-8 in their last 12 at Oracle Arena.

12/27 10:31:39 ET

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Wednesday, April 16Full Scoreboard
Chicago 4/16 7:00 PM ET
Charlotte CSN-CHI, SportSouth
Indiana 4/16 7:00 PM ET
Orlando FSN-IN, FSN-FL
Washington 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Boston CSN-DC, CSN-NE
Brooklyn 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Cleveland YES, FSN-OH
Dallas 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Memphis FSN-SW, SportSouth, ESPN
Philadelphia 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Miami CSN-PHI, SunSports
Atlanta 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Milwaukee SportSouth, FSN-WIS
Utah 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Minnesota ROOT-RM, FSN-N
Houston 4/16 8:00 PM ET
New Orleans CSN-HOU, FSN-NO
Toronto 4/16 8:00 PM ET
New York Sportsnet 360, MSG
Detroit 4/16 8:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City FSN-DET, FSN-OK
LA Lakers 4/16 8:00 PM ET
San Antonio TWC SN, FSN-SW
Golden State 4/16 10:30 PM ET
Denver ESPN, CSN-BA+, Altitude
LA Clippers 4/16 10:30 PM ET
Portland FSN-PT, KGW
Phoenix 4/16 10:30 PM ET
Sacramento FSN-AZ, CSN-CA
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 33 .593 --- 26-15 22-18 32-19 W 2
x-Brooklyn 44 37 .543 4 28-13 16-24 26-25 L 1
New York 36 45 .444 12 18-22 18-23 25-26 W 3
Boston 25 56 .309 23 16-24 9-32 21-30 L 1
Philadelphia 18 63 .222 30 10-31 8-32 13-38 W 1
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 55 26 .679 --- 35-6 20-20 37-14 W 1
x-Chicago 48 33 .593 7 27-14 21-19 35-16 W 1
Cleveland 32 49 .395 23 18-22 14-27 20-31 L 2
Detroit 29 52 .358 26 17-24 12-28 23-29 L 3
Milwaukee 15 66 .185 40 10-30 5-36 12-39 L 2
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 27 .667 --- 32-8 22-19 34-17 L 2
x-Washington 43 38 .531 11 22-19 21-19 32-19 W 3
x-Charlotte 42 39 .519 12 24-16 18-23 29-22 W 2
x-Atlanta 37 44 .457 17 24-17 13-27 27-24 L 1
Orlando 23 58 .284 31 19-21 4-37 17-34 L 3
 
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 58 23 .716 --- 33-7 25-16 36-16 L 2
x-Portland 53 28 .654 5 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 45 .444 22 22-18 14-27 20-31 L 1
Utah 24 57 .296 34 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 24 .704 --- 34-7 23-17 36-15 W 2
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 7 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 10 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 29 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 26 55 .321 31 14-27 12-28 14-37 W 1
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 19 .765 --- 32-8 30-11 38-13 L 1
x-Houston 54 27 .667 8 33-8 21-19 31-20 W 2
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 13 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 13 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
New Orleans 33 48 .407 29 21-19 12-29 14-37 W 1
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
3rd
CIN 1
PIT 0
 
2nd
BAL 0
TAM 0
 
1st
NYY 0
CHC 0
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
IND
8:00pm Tonight
MIL
ATL
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
BRK
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
DAL
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
DET
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
HOU
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
LAL
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
NYK
TOR
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
UTA
8:00pm Tonight
BOS
WAS
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR