Curry in­jured, Bucks snap War­riors’ 8-game win streak

The Korea Times - - SPORTS - OAK­LAND, Calif. (AP) —

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 Thurs­day night.

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.

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 coach Steve 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.


Golden State War­riors’ Stephen Curry, cen­ter, drives the ball be­tween Mil­wau­kee Bucks’ Pat Con­naughton (24) and Mal­colm Brog­don, right, dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game in Oak­land, Calif., Thurs­day.

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