Giannis and the Bucks Dominate Warriors, Crush Spirits as Warriors lose 134-111.
While looking to extend their league-high eight game winning streak, the Golden State Warriors (10-1) took on the Milwaukee Bucks (8-2). These two teams were the two best three-point shooting teams in the NBA heading into the matchup, and they were both top seeds in their respective conferences (GSW No. 1, MIL No. 2). The Warriors were without Shaun Livingston and Draymond Green who were out with injuries while the Bucks were relatively healthy. This game was looking to be an exciting one, and it lived up to the hype. The Milwaukee Bucks went on to win the game 134-111.
Jordan Bell got the scoring started in the first quarter with a driving bank shot, and Giannis Antetokounmpo got the Bucks going with two free throws on the next possession. The Bucks got off to a fast start thanks to some costly early fouls from the Warriors and a three from Malcolm Brogdon, but the Warriors stormed back with some incredible shots. Kevin Durant was locked in from the mid range, Stephen Curry got a tough layup to fall in transition, and Klay Thompson knocked down a corner three. The two teams then traded baskets before Giannis got to the line again to pull the Bucks within one point. The Warriors called timeout with 6:57 left in the first quarter, when they led 13-12. Giannis got a layup to fall to start the scoring after the stoppage and give the Bucks a lead, but Stephen Curry responded with a fadeaway bank-shot of his own. The Warriors were rolling in between stoppages thanks to Klay Thompson, who drilled three-straight tough mid range jumpers to force a Milwaukee timeout with 4:39 left in the quarter and the Warriors leading 23-19. Khris Middleton drilled a corner three to get the Bucks started after the timeout, and he nailed a tough three on the next possession from the top of the arc. Ersan Ilyasova hit a three and the Bucks were rolling. The Bucks kept scoring, but the Warriors kept themselves in striking distance thanks to a buzzer-beating jumper from KD and a three from Andre Iguodala to pull them within three points. Neither team scored for the last minute of the quarter, and the Bucks had a lead when the buzzer sounded. Klay Thompson was leading the Warriors with 10 points on 4/5 shooting, and Khris Middleton had 10 points on 4/6 shooting for the Bucks. The Warriors were fouling a lot, and letting the Bucks get a lot of shots from the charity stripe. Stephen Curry was in foul trouble after picking up two early fouls, so the fact that the Warriors were within four points was pretty surprising. The Bucks also shot 12 threes to the Warriors four, they were just lucky that they weren’t falling for Milwaukee. After the first quarter, the Bucks led the Warriors 32-29.
Andre Iguodala nailed a three to start the scoring in the second quarter to tie the game. The two teams were just battling to start the second quarter. They were making nice plays, but neither team was making threes. Stephen Curry did nail an impossibly tough deep two from just inside the three point line. The Bucks managed to get their lead back on a dunk off an incredible pass from Giannis and some free throws, and they stretched it to four points before Klay Thompson nailed a wing three. The Bucks called timeout with 6:47 left in the hald while they were leading 40-39. Eric Bledsoe got a tough layup to fall to get the scoring started again, and he got an and-1 layup to fall on the next possession. Klay Thompson got two free throws to fall to end Bledsoe’s mini-run, but they got going again on a technical free throw, a tough shot from under the hoop, and a second-chance shot on a fast break from Giannis. The Warriors called timeout to stop the bleeding with 4:39 left in the half and the Bucks leading 48-41. Eric Bledsoe was still able to get to the line after the timeout and make two free throws and stretch the lead to nine points. Pat Connaughton got a flip shot to fall and the lead was 11 points for the bucks. The Warriors then got a wild hare and decided to foul Giannis Antetokounmpo a couple more times to stretch the lead to 14. The Bucks were just in total control. They could get to the line with ease, play rough defense with ease, and they basically just did everything short of smothering the Warriors with a pillow in their sleep. They flat-out dominated in the second quarter. When the halftime buzzer sounded, the Bucks led the Warriors 64-51.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was leading the Bucks in scoring with 19 points on 5/11 shooting (9/10 from the line), with seven rebounds and three assists. Pat Connaughton had 13 points off the bench on 6/8 shooting, he also made a stupidly-difficult three. Eric Bledsoe had 12 points, and Khris Middleton added 10 points. The Bucks were shooting a combined 48.9% (22/45) from the floor and just 25% (5/20) from three. They also were 15/19 at the free throw line, which was a massive problem. Klay Thompson had 15 points on 5/8 shooting to lead the Warriors. Kevin Durant, Kevon Looney, and Stephen Curry all had eight points each. Steph was 4/11 from the floor and Durant was 4/12, so that was an issue. The Warriors shot a combined 42.6% (20/47) from the floor and 26.7% (4/15) from three. They only took eight free throws, and Kevon Looney had four of them. The Warriors had a rough half, but there was a lot of game left.
Kevin Durant nailed a three and Klay Thompson hit a mid range jumper to get the Warriors rolling in the third quarter, but Eric Bledsoe answered back with a three of his own. The Bucks were just throttling the Warriors still, halftime did nothing to slow them down. They were playing great defense, getting good looks on offense, and the Warriors just looked like a mess. The Bucks stretched the lead in the opening minutes of the quarter, from 13 points to 16, and the Warriors were beginning to look helpless. Steve Kerr called timeout with 7:11 left in the quarter after a Stephen Curry turnover that resulted in an easy dunk for Malcolm Brogdon. The score was 80-64. Bledsoe scored off a turnover right after the timeout for the Bucks, and they scored on their next possession to get their lead to 20 points. The Bucks weren’t here to fuck around, they were just obliterating the Warriors, it was a layup line. They forced turnover after bad shot after turnover, it was getting embarrassing. Steve Kerr had to call timeout after the Bucks made their third straight easy layup with 4:06 left in the half and the Bucks leading 93-69. Khris Middleton got an and-1 layup to fall after a Kevin Durant turnover to open the scoring again. Klay got the Warriors back on the board with a deep two, and he hit a baseline jumper on the next possession. That wasn’t enough to get the Warriors going, and they just continued to let the Bucks stampede and trample them. They could do whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. Giannis had 24 points, Bledsoe had 22, Brogdon had 18, Middleton and Connaughton both had 13 points. The Bucks shot a combined 51.9% (40/77) from the field and 25.8% (8/31) from three. The Warriors were led by Klay Thompson with 23 points, but he was the lone bright spot. The team combined to shoot 44.8% (30/67) from the field and 28.6% (6/21) from three. Oh, and to make matters worse, Stephen Curry went to the locker room in the middle of the third quarter with an apparent injury. This game was a mess and the Bucks led 105-79.
Quinn Cook nailed a wing three to start the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late for a Warriors run, this game was beyond over. This was the worst loss at home for the Warriors since the 2016-17 opening night game against the Spurs (first game with KD). Quinn Cook nailed two threes in the opening minutes, and Damion Lee made one as well. The Warriors bench managed to cut the lead from 26 points to just 19 points. The Bucks called timeout after Cook nailed an elbow jumper with 9:20 left in the game and the Bucks leading 110-91. The Bucks ended the game after the timeout though, and the rest of the game (not that any of the game was particularly competitive after the second quarter) was garbage time. The Bucks ran up the score, as they should have, and won the game 134-111.
Eric Bledsoe finished the game as the leading scorer for the Bucks, and he was just an absolute menace, there is no other word for it. He had 26 points on 10/12 shooting with six assists and four rebounds. He was everywhere on the court, making plays all night. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points on 7/16 shooting with nine rebounds and four assists. The Warriors had no answer for him when he drove, it was pretty frustrating, but he is an incredible talent. Malcolm Brogdon had 20 points, Khris Middleton had 17, and Pat Connaughton had 15. The Bucks shot a combined 51.5% (52/101) from the floor, 25.7% (9/35) from three, and 77.8% (21/27) from the charity stripe.
Klay Thompson had 24 points on 9/15 shooting, and that was fun. Kevin Durant had 17 on 6/15 shooting with nine assists but also committed six turnovers. Quinn Cook had 15 points in garbage time on 6/9 (nice) shooting. Damian Jones had 12 points. Stephen Curry played his worst game of the year, scoring 10 points on 5/14 shooting, oh and he got hurt and is getting an MRI on Friday. In all likelihood the strained abductor shouldn’t keep him out for too long, but it still sucks because of how well he started the year. The Warriors finished the game shooting a combined 48.3% (42/87) from the floor, 35.7% (10/28) from three, and 77.3% (17/22) from the line.
This was a bad game, a depressing game, a game that should just be flushed down the drain as you move onto the next one. Let’s just consider this game a “burn the tape” game and move on.
The eight-game winning streak is over, the Warriors are no longer undefeated at home, and that’s that.
The Milwaukee Bucks are fun, they are legit, Giannis is an MVP candidate and the race out East should be a good one this year.
The Golden State Warriors play next on Saturday, November 10, at home against the Brooklyn Nets at 5:30 p.m.