The Warriors “aren’t clicking” as head coach Steve Kerr says. They’re trying to get some wins as they learn to click, Kerr says — and they got a big assist from the referees in winning their second game of the season. The Warriors went down to the wire before escaping from Phoenix with a 106-100 win over the Suns. Stephen Curry had 28 and Kevin Durant had 37, with each making two late free throws to keep the game out of reach for the rising Suns.
The referees seem to be interested in Durant’s success, too. Here’s a stat to watch: last year he averaged 6.9 free throw attempts, up from 6.3 attempts the year before. This year so far — and it’s admittedly a short sample — Durant is averaging a career high 11 trips to the line per game. Against the Suns he got 16 tries and made 15. The Warriors needed all of them.