OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry has counted on staying healthy after injuries limited him to 51 games last season. Everything was going according to plan for the Golden State star — until Thursday night.
The two-time MVP left with a leg injury and the Warriors were unable to recover in a 134-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks that snapped their eight-game winning streak.
“He seems good to me. I’ve got to talk to him tomorrow and see how he’s doing,” teammate Kevin Durant said. “Hopefully he’s doing well.”
Eric Bledsoe scored seven straight points during Milwaukee’s big third quarter and finished with 26. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists as the Bucks handed the Warriors their first defeat at home this season.
The two-time defending NBA champions were already missing All-Star Draymond Green and then lost Curry midway through the third. Curry strained the adductor muscle in his left leg and went to the locker room shortly thereafter. He did not return.
Curry grabbed at his inner thigh after trying to contest Bledsoe’s shot in transition at the 6:50 mark of the third. He was receiving treatment postgame and is expected to have an MRI on Friday.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 24 points and Durant had 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.
Curry scored 10 points in his second straight game below 20 after getting at least 23 in every game previously — including five 30-point performances and a 51-point outing in three quarters. He dished out six assists in 26 minutes.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said his players took the floor with “mindless intent” and then hurt themselves with foul trouble.
“Sometimes you’ve got to get hit in the mouth in this league to remind you how hard it is to win a game,” he said.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 20 points and Khris Middleton had 17 points and six assists as Milwaukee (9-2) won for the second straight time at Oracle Arena after a 116-107 victory on March 29.
The Bucks outscored the Warriors 41-28 in the third and shot 65 percent inside the arc (43 of 66) overall.
“To come in here and play the defending champs and have a win like this, it’s huge,” Brogdon said. “It’s huge for our confidence. I think it sends a message around the league, but regardless we have to continue to play hard every night and play on both ends.”
Antetokounmpo had 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block by halftime as the Bucks led 64-51 at the break.
Bledsoe hit back-to-back layups to put the Bucks ahead 84-64 midway through the third then answered Curry’s jumper with a 3-pointer the next time down. Donte DiVincenzo’s basket at the 4:06 mark made it 93-69 and Kerr called a timeout.
Jordan Bell had four points and five rebounds for the Warriors while moving into the starting lineup in place of Green, sidelined after spraining his right foot and toe in the first half of Monday’s win over the Grizzlies.
Golden State (10-2) is still tied for the second-best start in franchise history behind the 2015-16 team that began 24-0. The Warriors dropped to 6-1 at home.
“They just played hungrier than us,” Thompson said. “It was just an ugly night at the office.”
Bucks: Held a 46-38 rebounding advantage. … Milwaukee made it to the free throw line 19 times and made 15 of those in the first half to a 7-of-8 showing at the stripe by Golden State. … The Bucks shot 5 of 20 from 3-point range in the first half.
Warriors: Golden State shot 4 for 15 from deep in the first half and Thompson was the lone player to score in double figures. … Bell made his 14th career start and first of the season. … G Shaun Livingston missed his sixth straight game and eighth in the last 10 with a sore right foot. … Andre Iguodala returned after sitting out Monday against Memphis as a rest day, checking into the game for the first time late in the opening quarter. … Baron Davis of the 2007 “We Believe” Warriors received a roaring ovation when introduced and shown on the big screen 4:39 before halftime.
MOMENT OF SILENCE
A moment of silence was held for victims of the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.
Kerr said he is “devastated” for the victims and families in a “horrifying” shooting he read up on Thursday.
Of taking time before the game to remember the victims, Kerr is becoming accustomed to doing so.
“We had one last week and we’re probably going to have one next week,” he said. “That’s the reality until we do something about it. It’s beyond sad.”
Bucks: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday trying to end a two-game losing streak in the series.
Warriors: Host Brooklyn on Saturday seeking an eighth straight victory against the Nets and seventh in a row at home.
Middleton 6-16 3-4 17, Antetokounmpo 7-16 10-11 24, Lopez 1-5 0-0 2, Bledsoe 10-12 4-6 26, Brogdon 9-14 0-0 20, Ilyasova 1-1 2-2 5, Maker 4-6 0-0 8, Henson 2-4 0-0 4, Dellavedova 0-0 0-0 0, Connaughton 7-11 0-1 15, Snell 2-8 1-1 6, Brown 1-2 1-2 3, DiVincenzo 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 52-101 21-27 134.
|GOLDEN STATE (111)|
Durant 6-15 4-5 17, Bell 2-3 0-0 4, Jones 6-8 0-1 12, Curry 5-14 0-0 10, Thompson 9-15 4-6 24, McKinnie 2-10 2-2 7, Jerebko 0-4 0-0 0, Looney 2-3 4-4 8, Cook 6-9 0-0 15, Lee 2-3 3-4 8, Iguodala 2-3 0-0 6. Totals 42-87 17-22 111.
3-Point Goals_Milwaukee 9-35 (Bledsoe 2-3, Brogdon 2-4, Middleton 2-9, Ilyasova 1-1, Connaughton 1-3, Snell 1-3, Maker 0-1, Brown 0-1, Antetokounmpo 0-2, Henson 0-2, Lopez 0-2, DiVincenzo 0-4), Golden State 10-28 (Cook 3-5, Thompson 2-2, Iguodala 2-3, Lee 1-1, Durant 1-2, McKinnie 1-7, Jerebko 0-4, Curry 0-4). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Milwaukee 46 (Antetokounmpo 9), Golden State 38 (McKinnie, Bell, Durant, Looney 5). Assists_Milwaukee 33 (Middleton, Bledsoe 6), Golden State 31 (Durant 9). Total Fouls_Milwaukee 23, Golden State 22. Technicals_Golden State coach Warriors (Defensive three second). A_19,596 (19,596).