OAKLAND — 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 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 and Klay Thompson scored 22 points for the Warriors, who built an 18-point lead early in the fourth quarter before the Suns surged back.
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 Mavericks visit Golden State on Tuesday night.
“The guys had a sense of urgency,” Jackson said. “They understood how big this game was. They realized we had an opportunity to really take control.”
Gerald Green had 25 points and six rebounds, and Goran Dragic added 24 points and six assists for the Suns, who dropped into a tie with Memphis for eighth in the West.
The Suns also missed a chance to take the four-game season series over the Warriors — and the potential head-to-head tiebreaker for playoff seeding that comes with it. Each team won both meetings on its home floor.
“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.”