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    OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 03: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reaches for the ball during their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at ORACLE Arena on March 3, 2016 in Oakland, California.

    They were kicked around and scratched up in their own house, yet somehow survived.

    The Warriors rode a furious fourth-quarter rally Saturday night to wipe out a nine-point deficit and take a 123-116 victory over the ambitious Phoenix Suns before a sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

    The win extended to 48, the Warriors’ ongoing record for most consecutive victories at home.

    Four Warriors scored in double figures, with Stephen Curry’s game-high 35 points leading the way. Marreese Speights totaled 25 points, Klay Thompson put in 20 and Draymond Green added 19.

    The Warriors (59-6) remain one full game ahead of the pace set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who finished with an all-time best 72-10 record.

    After allowing the lowly Suns (17-49) to shoot 54.3 percent through three quarters – including 68.2 percent in the third quarter – the Warriors clamped down on defense in the fourth and held Phoenix to 31.8 (7-of-22) shooting.

    That, along with committing only eight turnovers, was enough for the Warriors to offset a 47-42 rebounding disadvantage.

    STANDOUT PERFORMER

    Curry was tremendous, as usual, but Speights wins the honor because, quite simply, the Warriors wouldn’t have won without his contributions off the bench.

    Speights’ line: 25 points (10-of-14 shooting, 0-of-1 from deep), team-high-tying nine rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. He was plus-13 for the game.

    Curry’s line: 35 points (12-of-24 shooting, 7-of-16 from deep), six assists and three rebounds. He was plus-19.

    TURNING POINT

    Trailing 95-86 after three quarters, the Warriors opened the fourth with a 16-3 run to go up 102-98 with 8:30 remaining.

    Moreover, the run energized the crowd and the Warriors, who lost the lead twice more but owned the quarter, leading by as much as 11 (119-108, 2:17 to play).

    The Warriors outscored Phoenix 37-21 in the final quarter.

    INJURY UPDATE

    Warriors: F Andre Iguodala (L ankle sprain) was listed as questionable but declared out two hours before tipoff. He will be reevaluated in two weeks. C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) was listed as out.

    Suns: G Eric Bledsoe (L knee surgery) and F T.J. Warren (R foot fracture) were listed as out.

    ROSTER NOTE

    Warriors rookie F Kevon Looney on Saturday morning was assigned to D-League Santa Cruz.

    WHAT’S NEXT

    The Warriors return to action Monday night when they play host to the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40 p.m.

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