The Warriors, after a slow start, gets rolling in the second quarter, and blowout the Milwaukee Bucks

March 18, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

by Jerry Feitelberg

Oakland-The Golden State Warriors played the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night at Oracle Arena. The Bucks entered the game as one of the hottest teams in the NBA. They had won 8 of the last nine games played and 12 of the last 16 to even their record at 34-34 and would be in the playoffs as the 8th seed if the playoffs were to start now. They led the Detroit Pistons by one game for the final berth in the Eastern Conference.The Dubs, coming off a blowout win over Orlando Thursday night, wanted to get off to a good start as they did Thursday. The Bucks, however, had other thoughts as they raced out to a 27-14 lead about 2/3rds of the way through the first quarter. They were moving the ball well and were able to get easy baskets.The Dubs started to play defense with Draymond Green Andre Iguodala, and JaVale McGee leading the way. The Dubs went on a 13-2 run to end the quarter trailing by just two points 29-27. Steph Curry made a deuce and a trey to finish the quarter.

The Dubs started the second quarter on a 7-0 run to take the lead for the first time in the game. The Warriors outscored the Bucks 36-15 to lead by 19 63-44 at the end of the first half. Steph Curry made four 3-point shots as the Dubs got back on track. Steph led the team with 18 points. Klay Thompson had 9, JaVale McGee 8, Draymond shut down the Bucks big Man, Giannis Antetokounpo, holding him to just 5 points in the half. Greg Monroe had ten off the bench for Milwaukee.
The Warriors continued to play well and refused to allow the Bucks to get back in the game. They outscored Milwaukee 31-26 behind the stellar play of Andre Iguodala and Steph Curry. Curry. The Dubs led 94-70 and Steph was done for the night. Klay Thompson scored 12 points in the second half, and the Warriors coasted to victory by a score of 117-92.
Game Notes and Stats- The Warriors started to roll late in the first quarter. They stayed hot the rest of the way. They attempted 75 shots and made 45 which was 60% from the floor. They made 12 3s. They held Milwaukee to just 40.4% from the floor. The Bucks made just 36 shots in 89 tries. The Dubs outrebounded them 44-35. The Warriors recorded 30 assists for the 42nd time this year that they made 30 or more assists in a game. They had five steals, six blocked shots and played great on defense. They scored 24 fast break points and outscored the Bucks 56-40 in the paint. The Dubs bench recorded 47 points that must have pleased the coaching staff.
Steph led the Dubs with 28. Klay had 21. Andre Iguodala 15, Draymond 8 points, ten assists, and eight boards. JaVale McGee had 8, Ian Clark 9 and Matt Barnes 7.
Malcolm Bogdon led the Bucks with 18. Tony Snell 12, Khris Middleton, 11, and Greg Monroe 12. Matthew Delavedove, the former Cleveland Cavalier, and Steph Curry stalker was booed every time he touched the ball. Delavedova finished the night with just 5 points. Antetokounmpo, who is averaging over 21 points a game, was held to just 9.
Head coach Steve Kerr said that Milwaukee ” is an athletic, long (team) that really bothered us the first 5 minutes of the game.” He said that (JaVale) McGee really gave us a lift.” We “closed the first quarter well and turned the tide in the second.”
The Warriors improve to 55-14 and now lead the San Antonio Spurs by 2 1/2 games. The Spurs lost to the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday night. and are 52-16
The Warriors hit the road as they head to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder on Monday. Game time will be at 5 pm. They then go to Dallas to face the Mavericks Tuesday night. Game time will be at 5 pm, too.
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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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