By Matthew Harrington
After a 101-80 win Tuesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, the Golden State Warriors (24-13) now stand on the cusp matching team history. The Dubs dominated the Milwaukee Bucks (7-27), currently boasting the worst record in the NBA, to reel off their tenth-straight victory, putting Golden State one win away from tying a franchise-high 11-game winning streak set by the 1971-72 squad.
David Lee had a game-high 22 points while also pulling in 18 rebounds, most by a player on either side Tuesday night, for his second-straight double-double. The forward went 10 for 12 from the field in 35 minutes of play. Klay Thompson (15) and Stephen Curry (15) combined for 30 points, while Curry had six assists to lead Golden State.
Warriors center Andrew Bogut, whom the Bucks drafted first overall in 2005, made his first appearance in Milwaukee as a visitor after a 2012 trade sent him to the west coast. He had 12 rebounds, coming two points shy of a double-double. Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova topped Milwaukee with 20 points while Brandon Knight chipped in 18. No Milwaukee played had more than six rebounds.
The Warriors winning ways appeared to be heading to an unexpected demise at the hands of the last-place Bucks after Milwaukee took a 30-28 first quarter lead by virtue of more than half the Milwaukee shots finding their mark. Golden State held a slim 50-48 lead at the half after outscoring Milwaukee 22-18 in the second 12 minutes. The Warriors cushioned the lead with a 29-20 scoring advantage in the third for a 79-68 then shut the Milwaukee offense down in the fourth for only 12 points. The Warriors added 22 tallies in the closing quarter to cap the 101-80 victory for their longest win-streak since the 1975 championship season.
The Warriors will look to tie history in the second half of a back-to-back Wednesday night from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The contest against a Nets squad well below a .500 winning percentage will finish off a season-high seven road games in a row for the Warriors. With a win, Golden State could return home with a chance to break the record for the team’s longest win-streak at Oracle Arena in a Friday night showdown with the Boston Celtics.