LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The Milwaukee Bucks made a statement Thursday with a 134-111 victory over the Golden State Warriors, snapping the two-time defending champions’ eight-game NBA winning streak.
The ever-improving Bucks imposed their will on a Warriors team that was without injured Draymond Green and lost Stephen Curry to a left adductor strain in the third quarter.
“As a team we played really hard. We moved the ball real well and we made shots,” said Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. “We’ve just got to keep getting better every day and playing good basketball.”
Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe led all scorers with 26 points — 10 of them in the Bucks’ 41-point third quarter.
Antetokounmpo, touted as Most Valuable Player material, added 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists. The Bucks out-scored the Warriors 84-34 in the paint and led the Warriors 20-4 in fast-break points.
Milwaukee parlayed 18 Warriors turnovers into 23 points and led by as many as 29 in the second half as they dealt the Warriors their first home defeat of the season.
Curry was trying to contest a Bledsoe shot in the third when he clutched his thigh in pain. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he’d have an MRI exam on Friday.
Curry scored 10 points before he departed — his second straight game with fewer than 20.
“Sometimes you’ve got to get hit in the mouth in this league to remind you how hard it is to win a game,” Kerr said, adding that Green’s absence wasn’t the Warriors’ biggest problem.
“When you come out with a sort of mindless intent, and you’re fouling and not executing, just taking quick shots against a really good team — a team that’s hungry and on the rise — you’re not going to fare very well,” he said.
Paul George scored 20 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a seventh straight victory, a dominant 98-80 home triumph over the Houston Rockets.
Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle, but with Westbrook offering advice and energy from the bench Oklahoma City didn’t miss a beat.