Warriors collapse late with out Stephen Curry, fall to Giannis and Lillard’s Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 factors and the Milwaukee Bucks used a giant fourth quarter to tug away for a 129-118 victory over the short-handed Golden State Warriors on Saturday evening.

The Warriors (18-21) rested Stephen Curry within the second evening of a street back-to-back and are nonetheless with out Draymond Inexperienced. Coach Steve Kerr stated he might return from his suspension Monday in Memphis or Wednesday at Utah because the Warriors conclude their four-game journey.

Damian Lillard contributed 27 factors and Khris Middleton added 24, together with 13 within the fourth quarter, and likewise had 10 assists. Milwaukee sank 19 of 27 pictures (70%) within the last interval and outscored the Warriors 46-37.

“We have been capable of get stops and drive them into harder pictures,” Middleton stated. “I feel we did a terrific job with that within the fourth quarter, pushing the tempo a bit bit and ensuring we get the best shot.”

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Golden State, led by Jonathan Kuminga and rookie level guard Brandin Podziemski, gave the Bucks all they might deal with earlier than Milwaukee secured the victory within the last minutes.

Kuminga completed with 28 factors and Podziemski had 23 factors on 10-of-14 taking pictures whereas including 10 assists. Klay Thompson had 21 factors.

Bucks rookie guard Andre Jackson Jr. posted his first professional double-double with 10 factors and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes whereas making hustle performs everywhere in the courtroom.

“I am watching much more movie and coaches are sending me much more clips,” Jackson stated. “I am simply searching for my scoring extra in that dunker spot, make the protection be extra sincere and open up the sport extra for these famous person gamers I’ve obtained on my group.”

One of many highlights of the third quarter was Jackson’s block on Golden State middle Trayce Jackson-Davis, a play which led to Lillard’s 3-pointer that gave the Bucks a 75-72 lead.

Middleton and Antetokounmpo went to work within the fourth as Milwaukee (27-12) improved to 18-3 at Fiserv Discussion board this season.

A rebound basket by Brook Lopez and an alley-oop from Middleton to Antetokounmpo gave the Bucks a 120-110 lead with 1:41 remaining and settled a back-and-forth contest.

“I assumed our guys competed actually onerous, a troublesome back-to-back enjoying towards a terrific group,” Kerr stated. “We gave a terrific effort. The sport slipped away from us within the fourth; they scored 46 factors. I assumed we had first rate defensive management of the sport till the fourth, and so they obtained unfastened.”

Lillard was 9 of 19 from the sphere and seven of seven on the foul line whereas including seven assists.

“I feel that simply exhibits our capacity,” Lillard stated of the massive last quarter. “We are able to have stretches like that. It is understanding the fantastic thing about that however not leaning on that an excessive amount of, as a result of it is not too usually you may go into 1 / 4 and say we’ll make 19 discipline objectives. That does not occur usually, regardless of how good you’re.”

The Bucks have been 6 of 9 from 3-point vary within the first quarter on the way in which to a 33-24 lead. However the Warriors rebounded for a 56-54 benefit at halftime.

Curry performed 35 minutes and scored 27 factors in Golden State’s 140-131 victory at Chicago on Friday evening.

“He is simply worn out proper now,” Kerr stated earlier than the sport. “We have been counting on him closely and (he has performed) lots of video games. He is simply worn out so he wants the evening off.”

Inexperienced was reinstated by the league on Jan. 7 after lacking 12 video games following his suspension for putting Phoenix Suns middle Jusuf Nurkic on Dec. 12. Inexperienced labored out on the courtroom previous to the sport.

“He is been figuring out on daily basis and he stated he is coming round and feeling good,” Kerr stated.


Warriors: Go to Memphis on Monday.

Bucks: Host Sacramento on Sunday.

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