The Golden State Warriors didn’t start at full strength on Thursday night. For starters, Draymond Green didn’t suit up at all. But later on, they lost Stephen Curry to a groin injury as well. Still, these are the Warriors we’re talking about. And coming into the game, they were riding an eight-game winning streak — not to mention, a 6-0 home record. The Milwaukee Bucks didn’t care a single bit about that, though.
Thursday night, they didn’t let up en route to an 134-111 victory on the road. After out-scoring Golden State by 13 in the first half, the Bucks added on in the second stanza — ultimately winning by 23. Eric Bledsoe led Milwaukee with 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting, while Giannis Antetokoumpo put up 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks.
This season, the Bucks have transformed their offense under new head coach Mike Budenholzer. The biggest difference is that they’re shooting more three-pointers. However, they went only 9-of-35 Thursday night from beyond the arc (25.7%). In the end, it didn’t matter. Plus, the Warriors only made one more three-point shot than Milwaukee did on the night anyway.
Curry shot just 5-of-14, missing all four of his three-point attempts en route to 10 points over 26 minutes of action. Kevin Durant went just 6-of-15 from the field, totaling 17 points over 31 minutes. The Warriors simply didn’t have an answer for the Bucks. Sometimes that happens. Despite the loss, Golden State (10-2) still holds a half-game lead over the Denver Nuggets (9-2) out West.
Meanwhile, the Bucks get back to winning days after kicking off their four-game West Coast road trip with a loss to Portland (9-3) on Tuesday. They’re now 9-2, and 1.5 games back of the Toronto Raptors (11-1). They’re averaging 121.3 points per game, which is second only to the Warriors. Defensively, they’re allowing 107.6 points per game — fourth-fewest out East.
It seems like this team is for real.