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OAKLAND — Golden State delivered the first punch in building a 16-point lead in the first quarter — but didn’t knock Phoenix out.

The Suns came back swinging at the defending NBA champions and took them down in stunning fashion, 115-111 before a sellout crowd of 19,596 at Oracle Arena on Sunday.

Devin Booker scored a game-high 37 points as Phoenix bounced back from a 127-120 loss at Portland on Saturday in which it trailed by as many as 29 points to beat Golden State on the road in the second game of back-to-back.

Stephen Curry missed a 3 that would’ve tied the game with 23.7 seconds left. Booker got the rebound, got fouled and hit two free throws with 17.7 seconds left.

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Then Golden State turned the ball over coming out of the timeout. Mikal Bridges add two free throws as Phoenix pulls off its biggest win of the season by far.

Kevin Durant left the game with 6:34 remaining with an injury with the game tied at 91-91.

The Warriors shot 10-of-43 from 3-point range.

Down 16 in the first quarter, Phoenix (16-52) shot 71.4 percent (15-of-21) in the second quarter to take a 56-55 lead late in the first half.

Klay Thompson hit a jumper with 11.7 seconds in the second to put Golden State (45-21) up one at half. Thompson finished with a team-high 28 points, with 19 coming in the first half.

The Suns then built an eight-point lead in the third quarter as they went on an 8-0 run to go up 73-65. Golden State answered with a 15-6 run to take a 80-79 lead going into the fourth.

The Warriors came into the game 3-0 against Phoenix this season. They beat the Suns by 20 at home in October and by 23 on New Year’s Eve in Phoenix, but needed a strong fourth quarter to win by 10 last month.

That last loss was during Phoenix’s franchise-record 17-game losing skid. The Suns won four of their next five after tha, highlighted by home wins over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the NBA’s best record.

Those wins have given Phoenix confidence it can compete with anyone including the Warriors. Then the Suns took them down in stunning fashion.

Duane Rankin writes for The Arizona Republic, part of the USA TODAY Network.

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