War­riors de­feated as Curry in­jured

The Freeman - - FRONT PAGE -

OAK­LAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry left with an in­jury and the Golden State War­riors were un­able to re­cover in a 134-111 loss to the Mil­wau­kee Bucks that snapped their eight-game win­ning streak.

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. The two-time NBA MVP 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 is ex­pected to have an MRI on Fri­day.

Klay Thomp­son led the War­riors with 24 points and Kevin Du­rant had 17 points, nine as­sists and seven re­bounds.

Curry, lim­ited to 51 reg­u­lar-sea­son games last sea­son be­cause of in­juries, scored 10 points in his sec­ond straight game below 20 af­ter get­ting at least 23 points 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.

Mal­colm Brog­don scored 20 points and Khris Mid­dle­ton had 17 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.

Golden State (10-2) is still tied for the sec­ondbest start in fran­chise his­tory be­hind the 2015-16 team that be­gan 24-0. The War­riors dropped to 6-1 at home.

In Phoenix, Kyrie Irv­ing scored 18 of his sea­son­high 39 points in the fourth quar­ter and over­time, and the Bos­ton Celtics ral­lied from a 22-point deficit for a 116-109 win over the Suns.

Irv­ing scored Bos­ton's first six points in the ex­tra pe­riod, and Mar­cus Mor­ris fin­ished with 17 against his for­mer team — in­clud­ing the ty­ing 3-pointer with 1.1 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion off a feed from Irv­ing.

OAK­LAND,CA — Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo #34 of the Mil­wau­kee Bucks dunks the ball against the Golden State War­riors on Novem­ber 8, 2018 at OR­A­CLE Arena in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia. AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

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