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Klay Thompson gets the first shutout of his career as the Suns defeat the Warriors in a wild game | NBA


The Phoenix Suns had a convincing 134-105 win over the team Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night in a game in which Klay Thompson had his first career ejection and seven technical fouls.

Devin Booker scored 34 points and Deandre Ayton added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Suns.

“Emotionally, I thought we stuck together when things started to get a little squirrely,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “In that time, we’ve been able to make enough plays to get back to solid state.”

Both teams lost their composure at various points in the third quarter, and all technical fouls were registered in less than six minutes. Thompson received two quick technicals and was ejected after talking to Booker, who also received a technical due to the exchange.

At one point during the scrimmage, Thompson held up four fingers to signify the four championships the Warriors have won in the past decade. Those rings didn’t help on Tuesday. The veteran guard scored two points on 1-for-8 shooting, including 0-of-5 from 3-point range.

It was the five-time All-Star’s first ejection in 651 regular season games.

“I’ve loved Klay Thompson for a very long time,” Booker said. “But that doesn’t excuse us from competing and talking to each other. I’ve always admired his game, how he plays on both sides of the ball, and obviously the rings speak for themselves. But I will bring it every time.”

Golden State’s Draymond Green and coach Steve Kerr, along with Phoenix players Chris Paul and Ayton, were also whistled for various outbursts in Game 3, with most of that anger directed at the officials.

“I’m not one of those people who get involved in what the guys are talking about on the dance floor. There was chirping on both sides,” Green said.

Thompson did not speak to the media after the game. Kerr said Thompson just got frustrated, which led to the ejection.

“His shot was off,” Kerr said. “Some decent looks weren’t there before and I thought he got a little frustrated. I love competition. Obviously he went too far with the ejection, but I love fire. Clay is an incredible competitor. We need his energy.”

The Suns improved to 3-1 on the season while the Warriors fell to 2-2.

“Once we got down, I thought we started hitting shots,” Kerr said. “In the second half, we stopped moving the ball. The same thing happened to Sacramento the other night. We kind of got lost.”


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