The Golden State Warriors have learned plenty of times this season that no opponent can be taken for granted, no matter how weak they may be. They nearly learned that lesson again on Thursday night, but survived in a 115-110 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, owners of the worst record in the NBA.
Early on, it looked as if the Warriors would pull away, jumping out to an 11-3 lead in the first quarter. But the Bucks managed to hang around, and it took a combined 60 points from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to win it for the Warriors. Thompson was terrific once again, leading all scorers with 31 points. He made the biggest shot of the night, extending a three-point lead to six on a corner three with 38 seconds to play. Meanwhile, Curry, who Mark Jackson said before the game would not play more than 40 minutes, wound up playing 38 minutes and finishing with 29 points and 11 assists.
Suffice it to say, the Warriors had to use their key players more than they expected to in this game, and that’s because the Bucks gave the Warriors all they could handle. An 8-2 run in the second quarter gave them a brief 47-44 lead before the Warriors took a 53-51 lead into halftime. Golden State eventually gained some separation towards the end of the third quarter, as Jordan Crawford closed things out with a bang, hitting a high-arching buzzer-beating three to end the quarter and give the Warriors an 82-75 lead.
Brandon Knight led the Bucks with 27 points, while Ramon Sessions chipped in 18 off the bench.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 53.8% (43-80)
- Three-point percentage: 29.6% (8-27)
- Rebounds: 42
- Assists: 27
- Turnovers: 15
- Bench points: 25
- Field-goal percentage: 48.8% (39-80)
- Three-point percentage: 25.0% (3-12)
- Rebounds: 36
- Assists: 23
- Turnovers: 10
- Bench points: 53
Good to Know
With one second remaining, Stephen Curry secures his 7th 30-point/10-assist game this season (32 & 11). No other player has more than four
— GSWStats (@gswstats) March 21, 2014
What’s on Tap
The Warriors host the Spurs on Saturday in what will be a challenge for the Dubs.