OAKLAND (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 26 points and Draymond Green fueled a key fourth-quarter run that helped the Golden State Warriors avenge their only loss of the season by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 121-112 on Friday night.
Six nights after handing the Warriors their first loss of the season and ending a 28-game, regular-season winning streak dating to last season, the Bucks nearly dealt Golden State its first home loss since Jan. 27 against Chicago.
The game ended with some heated words between Green and O.J. Mayo as the teams left the court. Security and a few other players got in the middle of it before things calmed down and both teams retreated to their locker rooms.
It didn’t come easy, as Golden State trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter and by 11 points with less than eight minutes to play before Green and Curry took over to improve Golden State to 26-1.
Green made a 3-pointer to cut Milwaukee’s lead to 100-97. Curry then got fouled on a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to tie the game at 100 at the midpoint of the quarter.
The game stayed tight from there before Curry used a slick crossover to score a layup that put the Warriors up for good with just over two minutes left. Curry got a steal on Milwaukee’s next possession and made two free throws and then fed Andre Iguodala for a 3-pointer from the corner to make it a seven-point game and seal the win.
Klay Thompson added 27 points and Green had 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
Michael Carter-Williams scored 24 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 20 for the Bucks, who have lost five of six but have been Golden State’s toughest opponent to date.
The Warriors talked payback for the loss and Carter-Williams’ boisterous celebration following a late dunk that riled up Golden State. But instead of a revenge-fueled blowout some expected, Carter-Williams scored 13 points in the opening quarter for his second highest-scoring first quarter of his career to help Milwaukee take a 36-33 lead.
The Bucks extended that lead to 12 points at the half as they were able to pick apart Golden State’s defense and shoot 60 percent in the highest-scoring first half against the Warriors since Oklahoma City scored 71 on Jan. 17, 2014.
Bucks: Former Warriors player Sonny Parker, who is the father of Milwaukee F Jabari Parker, got a nice ovation when shown on the scoreboard in a Warriors shirt and Bucks hat. ... Mayo came off the bench after starting the past 11 games. Antetokounmpo moved back into the starting lineup after coming off the bench last game.
Warriors: C Andrew Bogut did not return after the first quarter because an injured back. ... Curry hit a 3-pointer in the opening minute to extend his streak to 100 straight regular-season games with a 3-pointer.
Golden State fans showed they can get into the T-shirt message game, too. A week after Milwaukee fans predicted Golden State’s first loss with “24-1” T-shirts, a handful of Warriors fans responded by wearing shirts with “10-18” written on the front for the rematch with the Bucks in reference to what they expected Milwaukee’s record to be after the game.
“They took the time out to waste money on the T-shirt, which is cool,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said.
Bucks: Visit Phoenix on Sunday.
Warriors: Host Utah on Wednesday night.