Milwaukee Bucks 134-111 Golden State Warriors
MVP contender Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks came into town after losing by 15 points in Portland a couple of nights earlier. That didn't, however, stop them from blowing out a short-handed Warriors team. The visitors led 32-29 after the first quarter but after that, it was complete domination. They outscored the Warriors 102-82 over the remaining three quarters including a 41-28 third quarter, a period that is normally dominated by the Warriors.
While Antetokounmpo stuffed the stat sheet with 24 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 assists and 2 blocks in 26 minutes, he did receive ample help from three of the four other starters. Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon combined for 63 points while Pat Connaughton contributed a quick-fire 15 points in 22 minutes off the bench.
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Coming into this game, the Bucks were 8-2 for a reason and they took control of the game by overpowering the Warriors in key stats. Milwaukee outscored Golden State by 50 points (84-34) in PITP (points in the paint). They forced the Warriors into committing a season-high 18 turnovers and scored 23 points off of those extra possessions.
Klay Thompson with 24 points on 60% shooting and Kevin Durant with an all-round game (17 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds) did have decent games but against a rising Bucks' team, decent wasn't going to cut it.
Current record and standing
The loss snapped the Warriors' 8-game winning streak but it still does keep the Warriors at the top of the standings in the Western Conference. With the Denver Nuggets (9-2) losing their most recent game in Memphis, the Warriors lead is still 0.5 games for the top spot.
Next 5 games
Nov. 11 vs Brooklyn Nets - 7 AM
The Warriors can wrap up the season series with a win against the Nets at home at the Oracle Arena, having beaten the Nets in Brooklyn on Oct. 29th. In the Steve Kerr era, Golden State is 8-1 against the Nets.
Nov. 13 @ LA Clippers - 9 AM
Nov. 14 vs Atlanta Hawks - 9 AM
Nov. 16 @ Houston Rockets - 6:30 AM
Nov. 18 @ Dallas Mavericks - 7 AM
Notable Stats and Trends
- The injuries are starting to pile-up for the Warriors - Shaun Livingston has only played in four of the team's 12 games (including last six) because of a soreness in his right foot, Andre Iguodala has missed only missed a couple of games but continues to deal with soreness in his left calf and Draymond was forced to watch this Bucks game in street clothes because of a toe sprain.
- Failing to make a single three-pointer in four attempts this game, Curry's 3-point percentage falls a shade below 50% for the first time this season (49.2%).
- A lot of defensive lapses against a really good Bucks team. The 84 paint points allowed were the worst in the Kerr era. The 134 total points allowed is the second-most allowed in the Kerr era and most in a non-overtime game since 2009.
- The Bucks showed once again how effective length can be against the Warriors. They were the team that snapped Golden State's 24-game winning streak in the 2015-16 season and they were the last East team, prior to this Thursday night clash, to beat the Dubs in Oracle.
- Given their dominance over the past few seasons, the Warriors have been a regular Top 5 member in the league's offensive and defensive efficiency. But that is not the case, so far this season. At the time of writing, Golden State leads the league in offensive efficiency but are 15th in defensive efficiency.