Golden State Warriors Rout Bucks, Santa Cruz Warriors Beat Legends

Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

The Golden State Warriors beat the visiting Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday at Oracle Arena shortly after the Santa Cruz Warriors won their game hosting the Texas Legends at Kaiser Permanente Arena.

The Warriors organization had a great Saturday night in both the Bay Area and Central Coast, ending the week on a positive note with both the Golden State Warriors and Santa Cruz Warriors coming away victorious in their respective games.

Despite yet another rather slow start from Golden State, the Dubs successfully defended Oracle Arena from the likes of the visiting Milwaukee Bucks, winning 117-92.

Down by double-digits early in the first quarter, the Warriors began to find their rhythm shortly before heading in the second, eventually going off for a 36-point quarter going into the halftime while holding Milwaukee to just 15. The Bucks refused to concede in the third quarter, but found no way to replicate the defensive success they had early to start the game.

Stephen Curry led all scorers with 28 points on 9-for-13 shooting from the field and 6-for-8 shooting from behind the arc. For a guy that’s struggled to find his shot coming out of the All-Star break, this performance seemingly put the reigning MVP back on track. He also had four rebounds and four assists in just 30 minutes of play.

Klay Thompson finished with 21 points (9-16 FG) and three rebounds in a team-high 34 minutes. Andre Iguodala added 15 points, four rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes off the bench, while Draymond Green had a near triple-double with eight points, eight rebounds and 10 assists.

Golden State’s win over Milwaukee furthers their gap for the 1st seed in the NBA Western Conference, establishing a 2.5 game lead over the San Antonio Spurs.

The Dubs will now hit the road for a two-game trip, playing the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday before heading to play the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.

Just an hour and half south of Oakland, the Santa Cruz Warriors defeated the Texas Legends at Kaiser Permanente Arena 135-121. Surf City continues to be just percentage points ahead of the Sioux Falls Skyforce for the fourth and final playoff seed in the NBA D-League Western Conference.

Jabari Brown paced the Sea Dubs with 26 points (9-13 FG) in 29 minutes off the bench. He also had five rebounds and five assists while shooting 4-for-5 from behind the arc and 4-for-5 from the free throw line.

Scott Wood finished with 18 points and nine rebounds on 4-for-9 shooting from the field, 4-for-8 shooting from three, and 6-for-6 shooting from the free throw line. Alex Hamilton had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Damian Jones — still on assignment from Golden State –posted 17 points (6-9 FG), eight rebound and one block for Santa Cruz. He’s scored in double-digits for eight straight games now.

James Southerland also had 17 points (6-12 FG), recording a double-double with 11 rebounds on the night. Phil Pressey notched a double-double as well, ending the night with 13 points and 12 assists to go with his five steals.

Kevon Looney — also still on assignment from Golden State — was also part of the double-double party, dropping in 12 points (6-11 FG), 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 21 minutes off the bench.

Like their parent club, Santa Cruz will be conducting a tough road trip in the next coming days, beginning with a game Tuesday against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Santa Cruz will visit the Austin Spurs, Los Angeles D-Fenders and Salt Lake City Stars before hosting the D-Fenders in the last regular season home game at KP Arena.