Antetokounmpo scores 32 in Bucks rout of Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 factors, Kevin Durant’s return from a rib harm ended early with a second-quarter ejection, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Golden State Warriors 116-107 on Thursday evening.
The Bucks beat the Warriors for simply the second time of their previous 10 conferences and stayed 5 video games forward of Detroit for the ultimate playoff spot within the Japanese Convention.
Sidelined by a fractured rib the earlier six video games, Durant argued after no foul was known as on a drive by way of three defenders. Official Tre Maddox whistled him for a technical foul, then gave him one other and tossed him with 2.four seconds left. Khris Middleton transformed two free throws to cap an 11-Zero run that gave Milwaukee a 58-49 halftime lead.
Nonetheless with out Stephen Curry (ankle sprain) and Klay Thompson (damaged thumb), the Warriors misplaced their third straight recreation and seventh of their previous 10 outings. Houston clinched the No. 1 seed within the Western Convention, and Golden State fell a recreation behind East-leading Toronto for the NBA’s second-best document.
This wasn’t what Warriors coach Steve Kerr had in thoughts when he stated throughout his pregame information convention, “It needs to be much more enjoyable” with the return of Durant and Draymond Inexperienced.
Durant had 10 factors, six assists and three rebounds in 17 first-half minutes. Inexperienced, who had missed the three earlier video games with a pelvic contusion and flu-like signs, contributed 11 factors and 6 assists.
However the Warriors by no means threatened once more after Durant was tossed. The All-Star ahead leads the NBA with 5 ejections and now has 14 technical fouls, two in need of the brink for a one-game suspension.
The Bucks led 92-72 after three quarters. Middleton scored 23 for Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo scored 30 for the sixth time this month, the 21st time on the season.
Quinn Cook dinner, beginning for Curry, set a profession excessive with 30 factors to guide the Warriors in scoring for the fifth time prior to now seven video games.
Bucks: Guards Malcolm Brogdon (left quadriceps) and Matthew Dellavedova (proper ankle), each sidelined since February, remained out with no timetable for his or her return, in keeping with interim coach Joe Prunty. Middle Thon Maker (proper groin) missed his third straight recreation.
Warriors: Kerr stated Thompson may return as quickly as Saturday at Sacramento, however isn’t even sure to play on Sunday at dwelling in opposition to Phoenix. “It’s everyday, but it surely’s getting shut,” he stated.
Thompson missed his eighth straight recreation with a fractured proper thumb.
Bucks: At Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
Warriors: At Sacramento on Saturday.