Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry have carried the Golden State Warriors to most of the team's 11 wins this season, but on Monday night the bench got the job done late against the visiting Phoenix Suns. Ellis and David Lee led a third quarter comeback to erase a 12-point Phoenix lead, but then Nate Robinson and Brandon Rush took over the fourth as Golden State took the 102-96 win.
Robinson hit two big three-pointers in the fourth, and Rush converted all three of his shots as Mark Jackson was able to sit Curry and Ellis for most of the quarter despite entering with just a three-point lead. The Suns' Markieff Morris kept up the pressure with 10 points, but by the time Phoenix's starters returned midway through the period, no progress had been made.
The Warriors now move to 11-14, within striking distance of the extended playoff chase in the West.
In other action:
Sixers 98, Bobcats 89: A spirited Kemba Walker run in the fourth -- where he had 14 points -- made Philadelphia sweat, but the 76ers' balanced attack handled business. Lou Williams led the team with 23.
Hornets 86, Jazz 80: Utah is just not good on the road. An 18-1 run for New Orleans in the third quarter put this one out of reach. Chris Kaman had 27 points and 13 rebounds in his audition for