OAKLAND, Calif. — When Steve Blake checked in at the scorer’s table with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter, Stephen Curry shook his head and shouted across the court, asking Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson not to take him out.
Jackson, a self-described “feel coach,” changed his plan. He had Blake enter instead for former UA Wildcat Andre Iguodala, who looked over at Curry and laughed on the way to the bench.
Curry keyed the deciding run later in the third quarter. He finished with 18 points and nine assists on a strained right quad, helping the Warriors hold off the Phoenix Suns 113-107 on Sunday night for their fourth straight win.
“I always tell coach I’m fine,” Curry said. “He always asks me if something’s going on, whether it was my ankle back in the day or something small like this. I’m surprised he still asked me because he already knows the answer.”
David Lee added 26 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors, who built an 18-point lead early in the fourth quarter before the Suns surged.
Golden State is 9-2 since the All-Star break and a season-high 16 games over .500. The Warriors are two games ahead of Dallas for sixth place in the crowded Western Conference standings. The Mavs visit Golden State on Tuesday.
Gerald Green had 25 points and six rebounds, and Goran Dragic added 24 points for the Suns, who dropped into a tie with Memphis for eighth in the West. Phoenix also missed taking the four-game season series over the Warriors.
“That’s just the whole point about learning how to be a playoff team,” Green said. “Certain things you can get away with on certain nights, but when you’re playing a team like this — a team that’s been in the playoffs — you have to be solid for 48 minutes.”
Green’s layup cut the lead to 111-107 with 38.1 seconds left. After Klay Thompson missed a three, Iguodala got the rebound. Iguodala was fouled and missed both free throws. But Green stepped out of bounds on a pass from Dragic.
Blake missed two free throws to give the Suns another chance, but Marcus Morris air-balled a three, and Iguodala made two free throws to seal it.
With a nagging quad limiting his minutes to 30, Curry shook off the pain. He made a three and handed out six assists during a 23-4 third-quarter run, and the Warriors went ahead 96-78 early in the fourth.
“I thought in that third quarter we really got outhustled,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said.
Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, who has been out since Dec. 30 recovering from knee surgery, will likely return for Wednesday’s home game with Cleveland.