Josh Okogie had an outstanding defensive performance against Steph Curry, helping the Phoenix Suns defeat the Golden State Warriors 123-115 at the FootPrint Center on Thursday.
Despite guarding Curry, Josh Okogie also contributed significantly on offense, scoring 12 points, grabbing two rebounds, and tallying one steal and one block. Despite his strong defensive effort, Okogie only committed one personal foul.
Josh Okogie held Curry to just 16 points, his lowest of the season so far, along with six assists and three rebounds. Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 23 points, while Dario Saric added 17 points.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 32 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocks, but he also had six turnovers compared to Okogie’s one. Devin Booker chipped in with 25 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds, while Eric Gordon added 13 points.
Chris Paul on his return to the Footprint Centre was ejected by referee Scott Foster, an action he felt was personal due to their previous disagreements.
“It’s personal,” Paul said per Yahoo Sports. “We had a situation some years ago and it’s personal. The league knows, everybody knows. There’s been a meeting and all that. It’s just a situation with my son. I’m OK with a ref saying whatever — just don’t use a tech to get your point across.
“I’ve got to do a better job of making sure I’m staying on the floor for my teammates, but that’s that.”