The Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns delivered a nail-biting game last night. One of the sidelights was the situation between Jusuf Nurkic and Draymond Green. It can be remembered that Green was suspended for hitting Nurkic on November 12, costing him 12 games.
After the exciting slugfest, Nurkic is not convinced that Green is a changed man. The two also had a brief altercation in the game, earning both guys a technical each.
Here’s what the Bosnian Beast had to say about the Warriors forward (via AZ Central’s Duane Rankin):
“It’s sad. He didn’t learn anything. It’s just a matter of time, he’s going to hit somebody else again. I take back everything I said. He don’t deserve a chance. Thats it for me. His antics. Trying to hit people. Stuff that he shouldn’t do, but I don’t care.”Jusuf Nurkic on Draymond Green
Interestingly, it was Nurkic who started things off. He hit Green with the “too small” gesture in the third quarter before the four-time champion got him back.
Overall, it’s a competitive, physical game with Nurkic and Green in the thick of things.
Chippiness aside, Golden State managed to carve out an improbable win against Phoenix. It was back and forth in the fourth quarter, with the big guns coming to play. Ultimately, Stephen Curry hit a three to put the Warriors up 113-112, with only 0.7 seconds left.
Green then shut down the Suns’ final play involving Kevin Durant.
Curry finished with 30 points, nine boards, and six assists. On the other hand, Devin Booker’s 32 points and Durant’s 24 paced Phoenix.
Golden State has now won six of their last seven games. More importantly, the victory puts them at .500 for the season and into a nice roll with the All-Star break coming next weekend.