Andrew Bogut’s first game back in Milwaukee was a successful one, as he and the Warriors easily took care of the Bucks for a 101-80 victory on the road, extending their win-streak to 10 games, including six consecutive road games.
Bogut scored eight points and grabbed 12 rebounds, facing off against his former club. However, it was frontcourt mate and reigning Western Conference Player of the Week David Lee who had another outstanding performance, with 22 points and 18 rebounds, shooting 10-of-12 from the field.
After a tight first half which saw the Bucks close on a 6-0 run to draw within two, the Warriors exploded in the third quarter once again. With all five starters in the game, the Warriors went on a 21-7 run to begin the second half to take a 73-55 lead. It was a collective effort, with all starters with the exception of Bogut (8 points) finishing in double figures.
Holding an 11-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter, the Warriors bench held down the fort for the majority of the quarter, and cruised to their sixth consecutive road win.
Tale of the Tape
- Field Goals: 46.4% (39-84)
- 3-Pointers: 31.3% (10-32)
- Rebounds: 54
- Assists: 21
- Turnovers: 17
- Field Goals: 38.8% (31-80)
- 3-Pointers: 33.3% (5-15)
- Rebounds: 37
- Assists: 20
- Turnovers: 12
Defense Clamps Down
The Warriors’ defense handled the Bucks’ offense quite nicely, holding them to just 80 points, 12.2 below their season average. The Bucks scored 32 points total in the second, and just 12 in the fourth quarter. Both are season lows for a Warriors opponent.
Good to Know
– The Warriors won in Milwaukee for the first time since 2008.
– If the Warriors win tomorrow night in Brooklyn, they will become the first team in NBA history to go undefeated on a road trip of seven games or more. They will also match the longest win streak in franchise history: 11 games, back in the 1971-1972 season.
– Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was in the house to watch the game. He seems to have a lot of free time these days. He even waited outside the Warriors locker room to greet some of the players, so we know that he’s still loyal to the Bay Area when it comes to basketball.
– It is currently -1 degrees Fahrenheit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin right now. Even that couldn’t cool down the Warriors.
The Warriors continue to be one of the best teams in the league with all their key players healthy. They are now 19-3 with a #FullSquad.
— Kent Bazemore (@KentBazemore20) January 8, 2014
What’s on Tap
The Warriors will conclude their seven-game road trip in Brooklyn, taking on Jason Kidd and the Nets on Wednesday night. A win would mean huge ramifications in both franchise history and NBA history. Plus, it’s always a morale booster to win the final game of a long road trip and have a “happy flight” back home.
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