The Golden State Warriors welcomed the Giannis Antetokounmpo-led Milwaukee Bucks for a primetime ABC battle.
The Warriors had control of the game for the majority of the 48 minutes and ended up winning 122-109. Antetokounmpo did total 31 points, but the Bucks shot just 41% from the field and had no answer for Klay Thompson or Jordan Poole.
The Golden State Warriors beat the Milwaukee Bucks by 13, in a game that will hopefully build momentum for the last several weeks of the season.
The Warriors were up 9 at half and 19 at the end of the third quarter. Basically, everything in this game went the Warriors’ way, and it must have felt good for Golden State to get a big-time win as they’ve had clear struggles over the last several weeks.
Golden State had a streak where they lost 9 of 11 including having lost all 4 of a road trip. They dropped to No. 3 in the Western Conference, having been jumped by Memphis as well. The doubts about their ceiling continued to grow louder as the losses piled.
But, in a 13-point win over the league’s defending champions, they silenced those ever-growing worries. The ability to defend home court is also important as the Warriors continue to thrive at the Chase Center, now a league-best 28-7 at home.
The Warriors were able to get a game-high 38 points from Thompson who has easily his best game since 2019. Thompson ended the game 15-for-24 and 8-for-14 from deep. Poole also ended with 30 points, hitting 5 of his 10 triples.
This was the Dubs’ first win over a team that sits in the top three in either conference since January 3 when they took down the Heat 115-108.
Down Draymond Green, Otto Porter Jr. James Wiseman, and Andre Iguodala, the Warriors also found a way to win without arguably 4 players that’ll end up being in their playoff rotation. This win was more about the Warriors and their ceiling than the Bucks’ inability to compete.
Golden State will only improve off this win, taking on the Washington Wizards on Monday.
With Green set to return on Monday, Golden State will soon get their playoff rotation together, and with Wiseman having already played in the G-League preparing for a return to Golden State, everything is starting to come together.
A win over the Bucks certainly helped as it’ll undoubtedly bring confidence back to this team and fanbase.