Curry outshines Bucks’ Middleton, Holiday in 122-121 loss

SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry’s delicate tailbone mighty-improved, the two-time MVP led a kind of angry finishes that outlined Golden Direct in the course of recent years and all those NBA Finals runs.

Kelly Oubre Jr. converted a pair of free throws with 7.7 seconds left to give Golden Direct the lead, and Milwaukee ignored at the end because the Warriors held off the Bucks 122-121 on Tuesday night.

Curry knocked down a 3-pointer with 1: 06 to play on guidelines on how to 41 points with five 3-pointers as his crew came abet leisurely and worked except the final buzzer to snap a three-sport dropping gallop.

Curry and his coach, Steve Kerr, shared an additional-long hug in a while and exhaled.

“Whereas you lose with out reference to we’d lost in a row, a win deserves a hug,” Kerr said.

Jrue Holiday scored the creep-ahead basket after his offensive rebound with 29 seconds left.

Andrew Wiggins’ driving dunk with 1: 59 to play made it a one-point sport, then Golden Direct obtained a defensive cease sooner than Kent Bazemore build his crew ahead the subsequent time down.

Oubre peril up with 19 points and Bazemore scored 18 in excellent the Warriors’ second win in nine games. They trailed by 12 leisurely in the third.

“Tonight changed into a staunch instance of fine sort of inserting in there after things had long past south on us and Milwaukee built that giant lead in the second half,” Kerr said. “Basically loved the energy and excellent the competitiveness that obtained us a win.”

Khris Middleton scored 28 points as Milwaukee over again ignored injured huge man Giannis Antetokounmpo. Holiday finished with 29 points and knocked down abet-to-abet 3-pointers that weren’t fairly passable.

Antetokounmpo sat out his second straight sport with a sore left knee after lacking a 129-128 win at Sacramento on Saturday. The two-time reigning MVP, who scored 47 points to match his season high in a 127-109 win over Portland on Friday, ignored his fourth sport out of the Bucks’ final nine after the hope had been he would play Tuesday.

“He changed into warming up tonight and excellent felt it barely bit,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Lawful made the choice that tonight changed into no longer a staunch night, a night he wants to be out.”

For the Warriors, this performance marked development on many fronts: the energy on each and each ends, the eye to detail that had lacked in the course of an especially discouraging recent freeway day out — and, obviously, the W result.

Curry shot 14 for 21 and 5 of 10 from deep. He had ignored Friday’s sport at Toronto with the bruised tailbone, then performed on the subject of 37 minutes Sunday at Atlanta.

“I mediate we all can also quiet excellent cease and adore what he’s doing shapely now,” Bazemore said.

Milwaukee had won two in a row against Golden Direct, including a 138-99 rout on Christmas Day, and the Bucks saw the end to a three-sport a hit gallop on the Warriors’ dwelling floor.

Golden Direct came out capturing and made 7 of 11 to jump ahead 18-5 and drive two early timeouts by the Bucks.

Kerr changed into elated how his crew replied after a troublesome week.

His pregame wish: “No. 1, defending with out fouling might perchance well well be superior. That changed into so disappointing the assorted night to no doubt play a staunch sport total and compete and indulge in a possibility to win and excellent hack our technique to a loss.”


Bucks: Reserve F P.J. Tucker ignored his seventh straight sport with a strained left calf. He didn’t observe Monday and has performed in most effective three games for the Bucks since they acquired him from Houston. … Holiday changed into named Jap Convention participant of the week Monday and had 33 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds at Sacramento with out Antetokounmpo. Holiday signed a four-One year extension Sunday that will be worth as a minimum $134 million if he exercises the fourth-One year possibility.

Warriors: Curry is nice 88 points (17,695) from Corridor of Famer Wilt Chamberlain’s occupation franchise scoring epic of 17,783. … The Warriors hit five of their first six photos — 3s by Curry, Oubre and Wiggins — for a quick 13-3 lead and Bucks timeout at 9: 30.


Bucks: At Dallas on Thursday night having won 21 straight against the Mavericks.

Warriors: Host Washington on Friday night in the first of two second-half matchups with the Wizards.

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