Watch: Warriors’ Gary Payton II soars for powerful putback dunk on Christmas day vs. Suns

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·1 min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

With four players in the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocol, the Golden State Warriors needed to lean on their depth in a primetime matchup against the Phoenix Suns on Christmas day.

Steve Kerr called on reserve guard Gary Payton II to start alongside Steph Curry in the backcourt on Saturday afternoon. With a chance to start, Payton II provided the Warriors with a fiery spark in the first quarter.

After a Steph Curry missed 3-pointer midway through the first frame, “Young Glove” soared to the rim for a powerful putback dunk over Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. Payton II’s high-flying dunk helped give the Warriors an eight-point advantage in the first quarter.

Via @warriors on Twitter:

In the first half, Payton II recorded 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field with three rebounds in 17 minutes. The Oregon State product added a pair of triples on three attempts from deep in the opening half.

When the halftime buzzer sounded on Christmas day, the Warriors trailed the Suns in the desert, 62-58. For more updates from the second half on Christmas day, stay tuned to Warriors Wire.

Related

Warriors at Suns: Prediction, point spread, odds, over/under, betting picks

Warriors vs. Suns: Stream, lineups, injury reports and broadcast info for Christmas Day

Injury Report: Warriors' Andre Iguodala (knee soreness) questionable vs. Suns on Christmas day

Warriors rookie Moses Moody enters NBA health and safety protocol

List

Warriors vs. Suns: 6 prop bets for Christmas Day