OAKLAND -- After playing hurt and hesitant through the first third of the NBA season, the Warriors have found a higher gear and are on their first legitimate roll.
Behind Stephen Curry's third career triple-double, which included career highs of 13 rebounds and 16 assists to go along with 14 points, the Warriors thoroughly smacked the Phoenix Suns 115-86 on Friday night at Oracle Arena for their fourth consecutive victory.
The timing of the Warriors' streak and one of their most complete wins is fortuitous, as the team heads into its longest trip this season, a 13-day excursion during which they will play seven games in 10 days through the Eastern Conference.
"We're starting to play with the consistency we're trying to find," said forward David Lee. "When we have our full team, we're pretty darned good, and we're excited to go on this business trip and hopefully come back with a great record."
If they play like they did against the Suns on this trip, the Warriors might match the 6-1 mark they posted on a similar trip last year that launched their run to the playoffs.
"This is probably one of the few games where we have not had any lapses through the whole 48 minutes," Curry said. "We have to keep doing that."
The Warriors turned up their defense early and put it away by halftime, then rested their starters for much of the fourth quarter.
Curry struggled with his shot -- he made just 5 of 17 attempts and only 1 of 6 from 3-point range-- so he became a distributor, defender and board man.
Before the end of the third quarter, he had eclipsed his career high of 11 rebounds and picked up his career-best 16th assist early in the fourth when he found Klay Thompson, who led the Warriors in scoring with 21 points, for a 3-pointer.
"It was spectacular by Steph, instead of waiting, going in and getting those 50-50 rebounds," coach Mark Jackson said. "That type of energy and effort becomes contagious. He carried us, and guys saw the level he was playing at and had no choice but to try to match it."
"It was uncharacteristic, very weird," Curry said. "But Bogues (Andrew Bogut) and D-Lee were keeping their bigs off the glass, and as guards, it's our job to control the long rebounds. They shoot a lot of 3s, obviously, so I was able to snag a lot of boards early."
For all the statistical highlights, this victory featured one of the best Warriors defensive efforts of the year. The Suns shot 36 percent (32 of 89). P.J. Tucker, with 11 points, was the only Suns player to score in double figures.
"For them to have only one player score in double digits was absolutely huge for us," Bogut said. "And it was very important to get this win. Road trips are never easy, especially when you play that many games in so few days. You can kind of get lackadaisical a little bit, so we wanted to make sure that we finished this stretch at home on a high note."
Warriors (18-13) at Cleveland (10-18),
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