|Suns Pull Away From Warriors, Climb Above .500|
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By DAVID BRANDT
PHOENIX (AP) Mikal Bridges scored 20 points, Deandre Ayton added 12 points and 13 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns pulled away in the second half to beat the Golden State Warriors 114-93 on Thursday night.
The Suns snapped a three-game losing streak and moved back above .500 at 9-8. The Warriors fell to 10-9.
Phoenix turned a five-point halftime advantage into an 85-71 lead by the end of the third. The Suns have struggled to hold leads over the past few weeks but didn't have a problem Thursday, pulling ahead 100-81 after Abdel Nader hit back-to-back 3s on passes from Frank Kaminsky.
The Suns did some of their best work when the bench was in the game. Kaminsky narrowly missed a triple-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, and Nader added 16 points and five rebounds.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting, including 5 of 10 from 3-point range. Andrew Wiggins had 16 points, and Eric Paschall 12.
Golden State shot just 38% from the field, going 29% from 3-point range.
Phoenix built a 14-point lead by late in the first quarter but Golden State pulled to 52-47 at halftime.
Warriors: Kelly Oubre Jr. had four points and four rebounds in his first game against his former team. He shot just 1 of 11 from the field. Oubre was part of the trade with Oklahoma City that brought Chris Paul to the desert. Oubre was then traded to the Warriors about a week later.
Suns: All-Star guard Devin Booker missed his third straight game with a sore hamstring. Coach Monty Williams said Booker has done some shooting during practice but hasn't tested the hamstring with full-speed drills. ... Paul had 13 points and four assists.
Warriors: Host Detroit on Saturday night.
Suns: At Dallas on Saturday and Monday nights.
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