Murphy, Warriors Stop Bucks With 3-Pointers
Golden State 110, Milwaukee 103
MILWAUKEE, Nov. 8 (Ticker) -- The three-game winning streak of the Milwaukee Bucks ended in a hailstorm of 3-pointers from Troy Murphy and the Golden State Warriors.
Murphy sank four 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 25 points and the Warriors drained 13 shots from behind the arc in a 110-103 victory over the Bucks, who suffered their first loss of the season.
"We needed to get some wins at the beginning," Murphy said. "To be a playoff team, you have to win on the road and we want to be a playoff team."
The Warriors shot 50 percent (39-of-78) from the field, including 13-of-27 from the arc. Doing most of the damage was Murphy, a 6-10 forward who made 4-of-7 3-pointers, most of them off pick-and-pops with point guards Davis and Derek Fisher.
Davis made three 3-pointers and Fisher, Richardson and Mike Dunleavy sank two apiece. The Warriors had four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, all of them at opportune times.
"I wouldn't say we live and die on that, but that's who we are," Golden State coach Mike Montgomery said. "We're a pretty good shooting team."
The Bucks closed to 84-80 before a 3-pointer by Richardson with 9:07 left. Murphy had a 3-pointer and three-point play to rebuild the lead to 96-87 with 5:14 to go.
A 3-pointer, steal and layup by Charlie Bell pulled Milwaukee within 99-94 with just under four minutes to play. Davis drained a 3-pointer, Milwaukee's Jamaal Magloire missed two free throws and Fisher connected from the arc for a 102-94 bulge with 2:31 remaining.
"We have perimeter shooters at each and every position," Davis said. "Even Adonal (center Adonal Foyle) makes threes in practice. And Troy Murphy is our X factor. He's a guy that can really knock down the three or post up. We need that from him."
Murphy's jumper sealed it at 106-99 with 53 seconds left. He praised Davis for finding him open so often.
"Baron's such a physical point guard," he said. "They're forced to double him. When they double him, it creates open looks for me. He found me and I just had to take the shots."
Fisher scored 14 points and Dunleavy added 10 for Golden State, which swept Milwaukee last season.
"That's the Golden State team that I was with the last 18 games (of 2004-05), that's the way they play," said first-year Bucks coach Terry Stotts, who was a Warriors assistant last season. "The 3-point line was the story. They hit some tough threes when it counted. They've had some trouble shooting, but they found their rhythm tonight."
Michael Redd and Maurice Williams scored 21 points apiece for the Bucks, who made six 3-pointers as they were denied their first 4-0 start since 2001.
"(Murphy) made tough threes and open threes," Williams said. "It was one of those nights. The biggest thing is to bounce back. We can't dwell on it."
Stotts was attempting to become the first Bucks coach to start his tenure 4-0.