War­riors hit 19 3-point­ers to beat Bucks

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

MIL­WAU­KEE — Klay Thomp­son sidestepped two de­fend­ers to get an open look, hit a 3 from the wing and then coolly walked to­ward the base­line to guard the next in­bounds pass.

The Golden State War­riors taught the Mil­wau­kee Bucks a les­son about hit­ting 3s and play­ing D.

Thomp­son and Stephen Curry each scored 20 points and hit 4 of 9 from be­yond the arc, and the War­riors hit 19 3-point­ers as they wrapped up a five-game trip with a 105-95 vic­tory on Fri­day night for their third straight win.

An­dre Iguo­dala added a sea­son-high 15 points for Golden State, which pulled away in the sec­ond half with an­other hot stretch from the 3-point line. The War­riors went 6-of-9 from be­yond the arc in a roughly six-minute pe­riod that started with Curry’s 3 with 3 min­utes left in the third quar­ter to build an 11-point lead.

The War­riors shot 41 per­cent (19-of-46) from long dis­tance against the Bucks, the league’s high­est-scor­ing team. The Bucks were just 7-of-39 (18 per­cent) from 3point ter­ri­tory.

“De­fense hasn’t been that great, so it’s good to fi­nally put to­gether a game where we hold an op­po­nent to a not so great 3-point per­cent­age,” Thomp­son said. “That did feel re­ally good, I’m not go­ing to lie.”

Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had 22 points and 15 re­bounds, while Mal­com Brog­don added 15 points.

But Mil­wau­kee couldn’t keep up with Golden State’s bar­rage, miss­ing too many 3s de­spite scor­ing 26 points off 18 turnovers.

“They do a lot of things that they do to ev­ery­body — kind of switch, muck it up, make it to where it’s not easy … to get shots against them,” Bucks coach Mike Bude­holzer said.

A game of fits and starts typ­i­cally had the War­riors build­ing a three­p­os­ses­sion lead, only for the Bucks to an­swer and get within a bucket. Curry’s 3 late in the third put the • Matthew Dellave­dova is headed back to the Cava­liers as part of a three-team trade.

War­riors ahead to stay, an­swer­ing Er­san Ilyasova’s bucket that capped a 12-2 run that briefly gave the Bucks a 74-72 lead.

Golden State cut down on turnovers in the sec­ond half while forc­ing more Mil­wau­kee mis­takes and misses. The War­riors avenged a 134-111 loss to Mil­wau­kee on Nov. 8.

“This was a game that meant a lot to us,” coach Steve Kerr said. “We were em­bar­rassed a few weeks ago.”

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