The good news for the Golden State Warriors? They won Thursday night. The bad news? Well, they beat the Milwaukee Bucks by just five points by a final score of 115-110. They allowed one of the worst teams in the league to come in and compete at a high level against them. Although it may be an embarrassing win, a win is a win and the Warriors were able to pull one off.
The Splash Brothers have both been hot as of late. Tonight, they combined for another scorching number at 60 points. Klay Thompson scored 29 points, and Stephen Curry scored 31 points to go with 10-for-10 from the free throw line and 11 assists shooting 9-for-14 from the field. That’s pretty efficient if you ask me. These two were the main reasons that the Dubs were able to beat the surprisingly competitive Bucks in this contest.
Everything started off as expected in the first quarter, with the Warriors leading 11-3 very early in the first four minutes. Unfortunately for them, however, after that, Milwaukee was able to keep pace with them for the entire game. The worst 3-point defending team in the NBA allowed the Warriors to take 27 3-pointers. But the surprising number is the number of makes that the Warriors had at a miserable eight. Curry shot 3-for-5 while Thompson shot 3-for-11. Ouch.
Milwaukee was able to stay in the game because Golden State turned the ball over recklessly and fouled them on multiple trips down. Winding down the third quarter, the Bucks seemed to have a little bounce in their step.
It was a neck-a-neck game in the fourth quarter until the final minutes, where the Warriors pulled ahead to a 6-point lead. The Bucks cut that to three, but the hero and clutch master since the All-Star break, Thompson, hit a huge 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to give the Warriors a 6-point lead again. After that, Curry hit his free throws.
On a night where Milwaukee was very competitive, the Warriors did just enough to handle them to increase their winning streak to three. They are still 1.5 games behind Portland, who beat Washington tonight.