Whew! That was a close one!
The “Splash Brothers” Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson provided another stellar performance and were able to lead the Golden State Warriors (44-26) over the pesky Milwaukee Bucks (13-56) on Thursday night.
The Bucks entered Oracle Arena with the worst record in the NBA but played with immense passion and were almost able to pull off the surprise victory over the Warriors.
Curry and Thompson combined for 60 points on as Curry dropped in 31 points and ten assists, while Thompson added 29 points on 11-for-23 shooting from the floor. David Lee kept his moniker of “Mr. Consistent” by adding 22 points and 12 rebounds to the winning effort.
The Warriors jumped out to an early advantage thanks to a balanced scoring attack, but the Bucks just wouldn’t go away. Every time Golden State made a run, the Bucks would respond in kind.
The Bucks game plan of driving to the hoop and drawing fouls was wildly successful throughout the game as, at one point, Milwaukee had attempted over 20 more free throws than the Warriors.
Curry and Thompson then took over the game in the fourth quarter. The “Splash Brothers” kept making clutch shots throughout the quarter, and Curry was able to seal the victory with four free throws at the end of the game.
Coach Mark Jackson commented after the game, “The Bucks were playing loose, and auditioning for jobs next year. It took a great effort to get this victory.”
The Warriors will next host Tim Duncan and the Western Division leading San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
Notes: This was the 21st game that Lee posted at least 20 points and ten rebounds in a game this season…. Curry has scored 20+ points in each of the past four games…. This is the first time since the 1993-94 season that the Warriors are 18 games over .500…. Oracle Arena sold out for the 72nd game in a row.