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By Jerry Feitelberg
The Golden State Warriors lost their third straight game and the seventh in the last 10 as they were defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks 116-107 Thursday night at Oracle Arena. It was the first time in the Steve Kerr Era that the Warriors have lost three straight games.
The game marked the return of Kevin Durant, who was out with a rib injury, and Draymond Green, who suffered a groin injury and had to deal with a bout of the flu. The Warriors were competitive in the first half. They trailed the Bucks by just two at the end of the first quarter and fell behind by nine after the first 24 minutes of play.
Kevin Durant played 17 minutes in the first half and scored 10 points. Durant was hit with two technical fouls as he felt he was fouled while driving towards the basket. Durant also felt that referee Tre Maddox missed several calls and when he complained about getting mugged. Maddox called a technical and when Durant continued to gripe. Maddox ejected him for the game and that spelled doom for the Warriors.
Durant on his ejection: “I got fouled, and I told [the ref] how I felt, and he kicked me out.”
The Bucks outscored the Warriors 34-23 in the third quarter and had a 20-point lead after three periods of play. The Warriors rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bucks 35-24; but 20-point leads are so difficult to overcome so late in the game, and Milwaukee was able to hold on for the win.
Game Notes: The Warriors Quinn Cook scored a career-high 30 points in a losing effort. Draymond Green had 11, JaVale McGee and Patrick McCaw both had 12 and Kevon Looney and David West added 12 apiece, respectively.
Scoring leaders for Milwaukee were Giannis Antetokounpo with 32, Khris Middleton 23, Eric Bledsoe 20, and Jabari Parker 14.
With the loss, the Warriors fall one game behind the Toronto Raptors for the NBA’s second-best record.
The Warriors are now 54-21 for the season.
Up Next: The Warriors play the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center Saturday night.
Klay Thompson has not been cleared to play, and it is still not known when he will return.
The Warriors need one more win to clinch the second seed in the Western Conference.