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Landry's big fourth leads Warriors past Suns

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POSTED October 31, 2012 10:12 p.m.

PHOENIX (AP) — Carl Landry scored 14 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors overcame an awful post-contract night by Stephen Curry to beat the Phoenix Suns 87-85 in the teams' season opener Wednesday.

Curry, who earlier in the day agreed to a four-year, $44 million extension with the Warriors, missed his first 10 shots from the field and wound up 2 of 14 with five points. He missed two free throws with 4.4 seconds left to allow the Suns a chance at a game-winning shot, but Sebastian Telfair's 3-point attempt came after the buzzer, and misfired anyway.

Goran Dragic had 17 points and Luis Scola added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the Suns' first game in the post-Steve Nash era.

Marcin Gortat had 10 points and nine rebounds and matched his career best with five blocked shots for the Suns, who have only five players back from last season's roster.

Klay Thompson was the only Warriors starter in double figures with 16 points. He made just 6 of 16 shots but was 4 of 7 on 3-pointers and grabbed eight rebounds. Brandon Rush added 14 points for Golden State, all in the first half.

Andrew Bogut, playing for the first time since breaking his left ankle last Jan. 25, had eight points and six rebounds in 18 1-2 minutes for Golden State.

The Warriors outscored the Suns 17-4 to start the second quarter to go up by 17 points.

Scola brought Phoenix back, scoring nine points in a 13-2 run that cut Golden State's halftime lead to 48-42. On consecutive Suns possessions, he made a 19-footer, 18-footer and 24-footer. The last basket was his second career 3-pointer, in 18 attempts.

Down 59-51 after Thompson's 3-pointer with 6:17 to play in the third quarter, the Suns went on a 15-6 run to take a 67-65 lead entering the fourth. Dragic started it with a 3, and Gortat's rebound basket put Phoenix ahead 63-62. Jared Dudley made one of two free throws to boost the lead to 64-62 with 2:18 left in the quarter.

The run reached 23-7 when Shannon Brown made a free throw on a defensive 3-second call to put the Suns ahead 74-66 with 8:41 to play. Landry, though, kept coming at the Suns, with short- to mid-range jumpers and baskets around the hoop.

Curry's night of futility ended when, after misfiring 10 times, he hit an 18-footer with 8:40 to play. The basket triggered a 10-2 run that tied it at 76-76 on Landry's dunk with 5:32 to play. P.J. Tucker's inside basket put Phoenix back on top, 78-76, then Thompson's fourth 3-pointer of the game gave the Warriors a 79-78 lead with 4:42 to play.

Scola's turnaround 9-foot bank shot gave the Suns their final lead, 84-83, with 1:43 to play. Landry's dunk put Golden State ahead 85-84, then his 17-footer put the Warriors ahead 87-84 with 54 seconds to go.

Dragic made one of two free throws with 5.6 seconds left to cut the lead to 87-85, and Curry, the Warriors' best free throw shooter on most nights, missed two from the line with 4.4 seconds left. Dragic brought the ball downcourt but instead of taking the shot, passed to Telfair.

Notes: Suns coach Alvin Gentry and C Jermaine O'Neal drew technical fouls in the first half. ... Phoenix, San Antonio and Cleveland are the only NBA teams with three international players on their roster. ... Bogut missed the final 52 games of last season. He was traded by Milwaukee to Golden State 1 1-2 months after he was hurt.

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