Warriors splash 19 3s to beat Bucks 105-95 on road

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 08, 2018 01:48 PM
Warriors splash 19 3s to beat Bucks 105-95 on road
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

By Genaro C. Armas, Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry each scored 20 points, and the Golden State Warriors wrapped up a five-game trip with their third straight win, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 105-95 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

Andre Iguodala added a season-high 15 points for Golden State, which pulled away in the second half with another hot stretch from the three-point line. The Warriors went 6-of-9 from beyond the arc in a six-minute stretch that started with Curry's triple with three minutes left in the third quarter to build an 11-point lead.

Curry and Thompson were each 4-of-9 from three-point range. The Warriors shot 41 percent (19-of-46) from long distance, putting on a clinic in crunch time against the Bucks, the league's highest-scoring team.

Milwaukee couldn't keep up with Golden State's barrage, shooting just 7-of-39 (18 percent) from three-point territory — too many misses in spite of scoring 26 points off 18 Golden State turnovers.

A game of fits and starts typically had the Warriors building a three-possession lead, only for the Bucks to answer and get within a bucket. Golden State would jump ahead again as the teams traded runs.

The Warriors went ahead to stay after Curry's triple answered Ersan Ilyasova's bucket that briefly gave the Bucks a 74-72 lead to cap 12-2 run.

Golden State cut down on turnovers in the second half while forcing more Milwaukee mistakes.

Thompson sidestepped two defenders to get an open look, hit a three from the wing to make it 89-78 with 10:18 left in the game and then coolly walked toward the baseline to play defense.

Golden State avenged a 134-111 loss to Milwaukee in Oakland on Nov. 8 (Nov. 9, PHL time).

The Warriors led 57-51 at the half, hitting 9-of-20 from three-point range and getting 18 assists on 22 field goals.


Warriors: F Draymond Green missed his 11th straight game with a sprained right toe. Coach Steve Kerr said the All Star's progress has been "fantastic" on the latter part of the team's five-game trip. "We scrimmaged some yesterday and he's really coming along well. If not tonight, I would fully expect him to play Monday (Tuesday, PHL time)" against Minnesota, Kerr said. ... Jonas Jerebko added 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting from three.

Bucks: Middleton had a rough start in back in the lineup after missing the win over Detroit on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) for personal reasons. He went scoreless in the first half and missed four shots, going to the bench after picking up his third foul with 6:11 left in the second quarter, but finished with 10 points. ... Antetokounmpo had a game-high 14 in the first half, including a one-handed slam to put back a Bledsoe miss with 9:08 left in the second.


Warriors: Return home to face the Timberwolves on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).

Bucks: Visit the Toronto Raptors on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) in a matchup of East's top two teams.

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