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Warriors 113, Suns 107

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Shooting guard Klay Thompson poured in 13 of his 22 points during a game-changing third quarter, helping the Golden State Warriors run away from the Phoenix Suns en route to a 113-107 victory Sunday night.

In a battle of teams jockeying for lower-end playoff positions in the Western Conference, the Warriors (40-24) pulled three games ahead of the Suns (36-26) while at the same time tying the season series 2-2.

Riding the momentum of a 128-122 victory over Oklahoma City in their most recent outing, the Suns used 56.1-percent shooting to build a 12-point lead en route to a 61-56 halftime advantage.

But the Thompson-led Warriors caught fire in the third quarter, taking their first lead since the fourth minute of the game at 74-73 with 7:05 remaining in the period before exploding to a commanding 94-78 margin by quarter's end.

The 38-point period included a 16-0 flurry, which began with Phoenix clinging to a 75-74 lead with 6:25 left in the period.

Thompson and point guard Stephen Curry triggered the run with back-to-back 3-pointers. Thompson added two other hoops, as did power forward David Lee, in the 3:40 blitz, during which the Suns missed five shots and committed three turnovers.

The Suns got as close as 111-107 with 38.1 seconds remaining in the game thanks to a Warriors drought in which they missed five consecutive shots and six straight free throws.

But small forward Andre Iguodala finally connected on a pair of game-icing free throws with 7.0 seconds left to account for the final margin of victory.

Lee led the Warriors with 26 points, hitting 11 of his 18 shots, and Thompson's 22 points came on 9-for-15 shooting as Golden State connected on 52.9 percent of its shots in the game.

Curry added 18 points.

Curry (strained right quad) and Thompson (strained lower back) both played through injuries that had made them less than sure things to play in the game. Curry wound up playing 30 minutes, Thompson 35.

Shooting guard Gerald Green hit three of his five 3-pointers en route to 25 points and point guard Goran Dragic hit all three of his 3-point shots in a 24-point outing to lead the Suns, who shot 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from beyond the arc.

Power forward Channing Frye chipped in with 16 points.

Phoenix made half of its 12 3-point attempts as part of its 56.1-percent shooting in the first half en route to the five-point lead.

The Suns not only outshot the Warriors (48.8 percent) in the half. They also outran them (10-0 edge in fast-break points) and outrebounded them (22-14).

Dragic (14 points) and Green (14) outscored their Golden State backcourt counterparts Curry (nine) and Thompson (five) 20-14 to help account for Phoenix's halftime lead.

NOTES: No official announcement was made, but the Suns likely will have injured PG Eric Bledsoe back in the lineup when they return home to play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. Bledsoe, the Suns' second-leading scorer at 18.0 points per game, underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery on Jan. 10. Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said, "For the first few games, we'll bring him off the bench. I would guess at some point he might be back in that starting lineup, because when him and (SG) Goran (Dragic) were in there, we were pretty good." ... Warriors PG Stephen Curry initially strained his right quad last Wednesday. No announcement about an injury was made before Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks, in which he played 30 minutes. ... Asked if it was a tough decision to play Curry or rest him, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said, "He can play. There is nothing that says that not playing is going to speed up the process of getting better."

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