Curry hurt as War­riors wal­loped

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

OAK­LAND, Cal­i­for­nia — Stephen Curry was count­ing on stay­ing healthy af­ter in­juries lim­ited him to 51 games last sea­son, and ev­ery­thing was go­ing ac­cord­ing to plan for the Golden State star — un­til Thurs­day night.

The two-time NBA 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.

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 home loss of the sea­son.

The two-time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons were al­ready miss­ing All-Star Dray­mond Green, then lost Curry mid­way through the third when he strained the ad­duc­tor mus­cle in his left leg and went to the locker room. 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 so far this sea­son — 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 per­sis­tent 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 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 Mem­phis 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.”


Mil­wau­kee Bucks' Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo goes up for a shot be­tween Golden State War­riors' Jor­dan Bell (left) and Damian Jones dur­ing the sec­ond half of Thurs­day’s NBA game in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia. The Bucks cruised to a 134-111 vic­tory.

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