War­riors pull away to beat Bucks

The Maui News - - SPORTS - By GENARO C. AR­MAS

MIL­WAU­KEE — The Golden State War­riors turned up the heat late on the Mil­wau­kee Bucks be­fore fin­ish­ing them off from the perime­ter.

Even the ab­sence of sharp­shoot­ing star Stephen Curry and a low-key night for fel­low Splash Brother Klay Thomp­son couldn’t slow down the best team in the West at the end.

Kevin Du­rant scored 26 points, Dray­mond Green added 21 and Golden State used a 13-4 run in the fourth quar­ter to pull away for a 108-94 win Fri­day.

With Curry still side­lined by a right an­kle in­jury, the War­riors clamped down on de­fense and did most of their dam­age on the other end in the lane.

Du­rant’s mid-range jumper gave Golden State a 96-90 lead be­fore the All-Star for­ward hit an open 3 with 2:15 left to cap the run with a three­p­os­ses­sion lead. The War­riors were just 3-of-13 from 3-point range un­til Du­rant and Green hit back-to-back 3s in the fi­nal 3 min­utes to seal their 11th straight road win.

“We were just get­ting lazy,” coach Steve Kerr about his team’s de­fense in the third quar­ter. “It caught us off-guard a lit­tle bit but we were able to get back to our de­fen­sive men­tal­ity of be­ing the ag­gres­sor in the fourth quar­ter.”

Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had 23 points, while Eric Bled­soe added 21 to lead the Bucks. They were outscored 28-12 in the fourth af­ter hit­ting just 5 of 20 from the field.

“We’ve got to keep mov­ing the ball, we’ve got to stay con­sis­tent mov­ing the ball well and get de­fen­sive stops,” said Bucks guard Tony Snell, who fin­ished with 11 points.

Mil­wau­kee played some of its best ball with An­te­tok­oun­mpo off the court. He didn’t play the fi­nal 4:41 of the third quar­ter af­ter pick­ing up his fourth foul.

Trail­ing by 14 at half­time, the Bucks turned to the Golden State way to get back in the game — hit­ting clutch shots from 3-point range.

Mal­colm Brog­don (17 points) and Snell hit two 3s apiece in the 15-7 run with An­te­tok­oun­mpo on the bench to give Mil­wau­kee an 82-80 lead af­ter three quar­ters.

The de­fend­ing NBA cham­pi­ons as­serted dom­i­nance over the aspir­ing con­tender in the East in the fourth.

Curry re-sprained his trou­ble­some an­kle be­fore the War­riors’ loss Wed­nes­day to the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers. Kerr said Curry lob­bied to re­turn Fri­day and felt good at shootaround, but that the an­kle still wasn’t well enough for him to play. Kerr said Curry will also be listed as ques­tion­able for the War­riors’ game today in Toronto.

AP photo

Eric Bled­soe of the Bucks passes around the War­riors’ Dray­mond Green and Zaza Pachu­lia on Fri­day.

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