Warriors 102, Bucks 93
OAKLAND, Calif. — Draymond Green scored a game-high 23 points on his 25th birthday, and Stephen Curry bombed in 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions during a decisive fourth-quarter burst, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 102-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
The win opened a stretch in which the Warriors (47-12) play 10 of 12 at home, where they are a league-best 25-2 this season. Golden State and Brooklyn are tied for having played the fewest home games in the league.
Coming off seasons in which they went 47-35 and 51-31, the Warriors now have 47 or more wins in three consecutive years for the first time in franchise history.
Golden State led just 76-73 before Curry’s fourth-quarter flurry. His three straight from long range singlehandedly produced a 9-2 run that opened a 10-point lead and allowed the Warriors to win comfortably.
The Bucks never got closer than eight in the final 9:12. And when they did get within 95-87 on an interior hoop by reserve forward Ersan Ilyasova with 2:32 to go, the Warriors immediately countered with a lefty dunk by backup guard Shaun Livingston and Curry’s sixth 3-pointer of the game, creating a 13-point cushion.
Green contributed 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals from his forward position.
Curry, scoring only on 3-pointers and a single free throw, complemented Green with a double-double of his own: 19 points and 11 assists. The star guard hit six of his 13 3-point attempts, and Golden State outscored the Bucks 42-15 from beyond the arc.
Shooting guard Klay Thompson dropped in three 3-pointers to account for a majority of his 17 points. Livingston, hitting seven of his 10 shots, finished with 16 points and six assists.
Small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and point guard Michael Carter-Williams had 16 points apiece to lead the Bucks, who completed an 0-4 Western swing in their league-leading 33rd road game.
Antetokounmpo also had eight rebounds and Carter-Williams seven assists for the Bucks, who were playing without guard O.J. Mayo (sore right hamstring) for the fourth time in five games.
Bucks shooting guard Khris Middleton scored in double figures for the 14th consecutive game, finishing with 14 points. Center Zaza Pachulia (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Ilyasova (13 points, 10 rebounds) had double-doubles for Milwaukee, which outrebounded Golden State 47-34.
The Bucks (32-29) trailed almost the entire first half, and they were down 51-38 before finishing the second quarter on a 15-2 burst to go into halftime in a 53-all tie. Middleton had a three-point play and Carter-Williams a pair of hoops in the game-tying flurry.
Milwaukee didn’t lose its momentum during the intermission break, opening the second half on a 7-0 run that produced its largest lead of the game.
The Bucks retained a four-point lead before Warriors reserve swingman Andre Iguodala turned the game back in Golden State’s favor with a game-tying, four-point play, creating a 66-all deadlock with 3:33 left in the period.
A short jumper by Livingston 24 seconds later put Golden State up 68-67. The Warriors never trailed again.
NOTES: The game pitted the league’s top two teams in defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions). The Warriors began the night with a 98.0 rating, the Bucks 98.7. … Greeting the non-traveling San Francisco Bay Area media for the first time since returning from a snowy, six-game Eastern trip, Warriors coach Steve Kerr noted, “I’d like to start off by saying it’s nice to see the sun.” … The Bucks play their next three games at home, beginning with a visit from the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. … Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd offered good wishes to longtime pal Brian Shaw, who was fired as coach of the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. “He’s going to land on his feet quickly,” Kidd said.