Bucks 118, Warriors 99 thanks to triple-double from Antetokounmpo
The Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo made it simple for new coach Mike Budenholzer in his return to the bench.
In Budenholzer’s return from the NBA COVID-19 procedures, Antetokounmpo scored 30 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in Milwaukee’s 118-99 win against the Golden State Warriors. It was Antetokounmpo’s 28th career triple-double and third this season.
Darvin Ham served as interim head coach for four games while Budenholzer was in the health and safety processes. The Milwaukee Bucks lost their first three games of the season.
In Antetokounmpo’s view, Coach Darvin “did a tremendous job stepping up,” “leading the squad, teaching the team, and holding us responsible,” he stated. Although, it’s wonderful to have Coach Bud back in good health and psyching us up for the game,
To round up the Bucks’ scoring, Khris Middleton scored 23, Bobby Portis scored 20, and Grayson Allen scored 15.
Warriors suffered their fourth straight defeat as Milwaukee raced out to a 77-38 halftime lead. In the first half, Antetokounmpo racked up 23 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists.
Budenholzer stated, “I believe we had a terrific focus tonight.” “I believe we’re at our best when we start on the defensive end,” he said. In the presence of such greats as Curry, Thompson, and the rest of the Warriors, you can unleash the best in yourself. They elicit the sharpest concentration.”
At halftime, the Milwaukee Bucks were only two points away from their greatest halftime advantage in team history. Milwaukee beat Orlando 123-92 on Nov. 22 with a first-half lead of 77-36.
“Everything went wrong on both sides of the court,” Curry remarked after the game.
Draymond Green was unable to participate in the Warriors’ defeat to Memphis on Tuesday night and in Sunday’s win over Cleveland because of calf soreness.
Guard Jrue Holiday was out for the fourth consecutive game for Milwaukee. Holiday missed the NBA’s health and safety protocols-mandated absence on Jan. 2 against Brooklyn and has missed the last three games because of an injured left ankle.
When Juan Toscano-Anderson hit a 3-pointer with 9:39 remaining, the Warriors had cut their lead to 18, but it was as close as they would come.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated, “I know we just got our butts beat, but we’re simply in a bad spot in our season.” “With just a few exceptions, it occurs to every team every year. That first half of the game against a squad that was well-prepared was a big part of the problem for us. We’re feeling a bit out of whack at the moment. All that remains is for us to get back on track, which we will do.”
A 16-point performance from Andrew Wiggins gave the Warriors a commanding lead. Jeremy Kuminga got 15 points, followed by Stephen Curry with 12 and Myles Thompson with 11.
Warriors: The Warriors decided to rest Klay Thompson on Friday night in Chicago due to their back-to-back games. Thompson returned to action on Thursday for the third time in over two and a half years after suffering injuries to his anterior cruciate ligament and Achilles tendon while on the sidelines. “He won’t play back-to-backs early on,” Kerr said of the recuperation process. … Gary Payton II lasted fewer than five minutes before he was forced to sit out the remainder of the game because of lower back pain…. Assistant coach Kenny Atkinson was not on the bench for Thursday’s game because he had undergone health and safety regulations.
Despite missing four games due to health and safety rules, George Hill has returned to the Bucks lineup. While Hill didn’t score, he had four assists…. Bucks signed Lindell Wigginton to a two-way deal and put forth Javonte Smart for waivers, who averaged 2.4 points per game in 13 appearances and had 1.1 assists per game. … However, there were a few days when he didn’t feel well throughout the procedures, according to Budenholzer, who now claims to feel terrific. According to him, “everyone has a distinct experience.”