Steph’s familiar formula, defense fuels Dubs win vs Bucks originally appeared nbc sports birea
SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors, top to bottom, had only one request of themselves on Saturday. Defend to their full physical and mental potential from the opening tip.
If he could do that, Stephen Curry could get a chance to cook. In this situation they could send their three game losing streak straight to the grave.
What they couldn’t have known is that Steph would cook on offense so brilliantly. And Provide defensive play of the game.
Curry made up for a quiet first half with an extraordinary second half, giving the Warriors a win on 125-116 The Milwaukee Bucks – who entered the Chase Center with the best record in the NBA.
“He took matters into his own hands,” said Draymond Green.
“He hit a three on the wing and that was the start of the attack. It was very impressive, the way he wanted us to. He hit shot after shot. And it wasn’t like a lot of guys were composing for him. He himself was making for and getting the shots he wanted.
Curry scored a game-high 36 points, 29 of which came in the second half, including one in overtime that he personally led Milwaukee 9–5 and sent the Bucks into the night with their second loss since January 21. Gave.
“Steph was incredible, and he did it on the junior holiday against one of the great defenders in the league,” said coach Steve Kerr. “Zru is an amazing player, so strong and quick and never gives up any possession. It’s amazing to watch those two guys fight.
“But Steph is fearless. It doesn’t matter if it’s a slow start or she doesn’t have much. She can flare up anytime.”
Holliday, who scored 18 points, including nailing a 30-foot 3-ball with 32.7 seconds left in regulation, had a chance to win the game on the next possession. With the score tied at 111–111, he swooped past Donte DiVincenzo to the left of the key and darted toward the rim for a layup when Curry swung to block it with 2.9 seconds remaining.
Overtime it would be, and the Warriors dominated, outscoring the Bucks 14–5 in the five-minute session.
“The verticality at the rim, very impressive,” Kerr said of Curry’s block, which sparked Golden State’s 11–3 closing run to erase an eight-point deficit within the final two minutes of regulation.
“Biggest play of the game,” DiVincenzo said. “Steph’s coming up, Junior goes downhill, and Steph saves me and that saves the game.”
Curry was proud of his 16th block of the season, not because of the effort but because of the moment.
“The read and the timing was perfect,” he said. “There was no more time to score. Junior had a full head of steam coming down, I left my guy open in the corner hoping Klay (Thompson) would cover. Just read it right.
“It’s all basketball. Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you don’t. But with the energy of the crowd and the runs we went down the stretch and contributed on both ends, it was a fun way to end regulation.” Was.
Curry’s defensive gem fit seamlessly into the theme of the evening. The Warriors, coming off three road games in which their defense barely existed, made an early impression by holding the Bucks to 41.7 percent shooting in the first quarter – Golden State’s first opening-quarter win since February 11. – and in 34.7 percent. first half.
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Milwaukee finished at 43 percent, beating the Warriors’ 41.1 percent. But Golden State managed 12 more field-goal attempts, mostly due to a rebounding frenzy that built a 65–48 lead over the best rebounding team in the NBA.
“We competed the whole time,” said Kerr. “Our defense was pretty strong. They made some tough shots; hell, they made 21 threes. But we didn’t foul them. They turned it over more than we did. I thought we were really solid for most of the night. We had some slip-ups and some mistakes defensively, but for the most part, that’s how we have to play.
Curry played similarly. Closing in with wild intensity, his body language and production were insinuating victory. On this night, against a championship contender, the formula worked well enough and earned a cathartic victory.