By Paula Yamat | Photos by Gary De Guzman
OAKLAND –– The Golden State Warriors played against the Phoenix Suns for the Western Conference game last March 10. The stadium was filled with Warriors fans anticipating an easy victory – GSW was after all the number one team in the western conference.
But the Phoenix Sun showed true grit and turned the game starting from the second quarter, leading at 57-56. Phoenix Sun’s Devin Booker piled on the score with his career high 37 points at game end. By the end of quarter the Phoenix Sun broke its losing streak with the warriors in a 115 -111 point lead and successfully won the game.
“I’m gonna show them the tape and say don’t play like this,” said Coach Steve Kerr. Obviously, one of the Warriors’ worst this season — losing from a low rank team. It does not bode well, especially it’s one of their last games at Oracle Arena before the move to Chase Center in San Francisco.
“Gotta keep (the) big picture in our mind around where we are and what our goals are and just focus on that,” said Steph Curry. Bringing their momentum back on the winning streak will be a continuous challenge for the team to reach the play-offs and if they are to remain NBA Champions.
The Phoenix Sun played with exceptional focus and motivation. The upset is one reason this team should be watched.
The Warriors also celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Filipino Heritage Night in appreciating the strength of the Filipino community with performances from LIKHA (a Filipino Folk Ensemble), Filipino rapper P-LO and the amazing Bytes + Notes who lead the national anthem for the night.