The Warriors used a 29-12 start to the second half to open the game up and held on the rest of the way for a 101-80 win in Milwaukee on Tuesday. David Lee had a big game with 22 points and 18 rebounds and Andrew Bogut added eight points and 12 rebounds in his return to Milwaukee. The win extends the Warriors’ winning streak to 10 games and also marks the seventh straight road win for the Dubs, which matches the longest road winning streak in franchise history. The Warriors will look to continue their road success on Wednesday when they close out their seven-game road trip in Brooklyn.
On the strong third quarter:
“Give teams credit, teams in this league are not going to lay down. You got to make sure that you are prepared, and when you get the opportunity you create some separation. We have done that in back-to-back games in the start of the third quarter. Ideally we would like to do that in the start of all games, but these are NBA players and NBA teams, they come out prepared. Another quality win for us on the road and put another one in the bank.”
On the strong defensive effort:
“I thought the second half defense especially was special. Can’t remember the numbers but under 30, shooting poor percentage too. Ultimately for the game they were 38 percent after starting off 55-59 percent. So, very pleased with what we did in that second half. I thought our bench gave us great energy and effort in the first half and continued. It was a big time win for us.”
On David Lee's game:
“I really thought about taking him out. I looked, and I said 9-for-9, wow. I wanted to try to leave him perfect, but he took a jump shot. I tell you what though, Steph Curry is an All-Star and there is no doubt about that. The way that David Lee has played this last 15 ball games, he is an All-Star also. He has separated himself, and the bottom line is for us to continue to play well as a unit, and individual goals will fall and the team goes forward.”
On playing his first road game in Milwaukee:
“It was good. It was good to see fans come and support me for many years. We got the win which is the one thing I care about. It was good to see friends and family that I haven’t seen in a while. There are a couple of people left over in the organization that I know.”
On the team's defense:
“I think our defense was decent all game but in the first half they scored 14 points in the paint and eight of them were from turnovers. We were keeping them out of the paint, but they were knocking down tough shots. [Brandon] Knight and a couple of other guys were knocking down pull-up jumpers and three’s.”
On the winning streak:
“That means a lot. More importantly, I think our team is playing more consistent basketball. Everybody is stepping up when they need to step up. Just really excited for this group of guys that we can make this happen.”
On his low post game:
“I think just try to be more aggressive, and I think our team needs me to be more aggressive in the paint. Because we’ve got so many guys that are good jump shooters that we need someone around the rim that’s going to be aggressive and attack the basket. I think that in turn opens up a lot of our shooters as the game goes on.”
STAY HOT IN THE COLD
Winners of nine-straight games, the Warriors are on quite a roll and will look to extend that streak to double-digits when they take on the Bucks in Milwaukee on Tuesday. This will be the first of two matchups between the two teams this season. Milwaukee has won three-straight over the Warriors, and taken seven of the last eight games. The Bucks have also won four-straight over Golden State at home, a streak the Warriors fully intend on bringing an end to.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors used a 30-5 run to open the second half to extend their winning streak to nine games on Sunday after defeating the Wizards 112-96. David Lee, Andrew Bogut and Stephen Curry all recorded double-doubles, while Klay Thompson led all scorers with 26 points, including six three-pointers. The victory pushes the Dubs’ record to 23-13 and gives them their longest win streak in a single season since 1975-76. The Warriors now share a piece of the Pacific Division lead, the latest into a season they’ve led the division since March 2, 1992. GAME RECAP
After averaging 24.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists over four games last week, David Lee was selected as the Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday. It’s the fourth Player of the Week honor of Lee’s career and his third with the Warriors, joining Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway and Baron Davis as the only three-time winners in Golden State history. With Lee playing back at his All-Star level from a year ago, it comes as no surprise the Dubs went 4-0 in those games, and Lee has had plenty to do with this extended streak the Warriors have been on. His 20 double-doubles on the season tie him for seventh-most in the league, and going back to last season, no player has had more than his 76. If Lee can keep up the stellar play, there’s no telling how long this winning streak could go on. DUB THE VOTE
NO LONGER A YOUNG BUCK
Although Tuesday’s contest won’t represent Andrew Bogut’s first return to Milwaukee as a member of the Warriors, this will be his first time competing as a fully healthy member of the opposition. Drafted first overall by the Bucks in the 2005 NBA Draft, Bogut spent seven seasons in Milwaukee before being acquired by the Warriors in a trade in March 2012. In his lone meeting vs. the Bucks last season, Bogut tallied just four points and nine rebounds in 29 minutes, but as we know by now, he wasn’t operating at anywhere near 100 percent at that time. This season, Bogut has been as healthy as he has been in years, and it really showing on the court. Aside from his constant defensive contributions as a rim-protecting presence, Bogut’s offensive game has been rounding into form, as he’s shot better than 50 percent from the field in a career-long and NBA-best 24-straight games. With Bogut’s stellar performances alongside the most recent Western Conference Player of the Week in David Lee, this most recent stretch of games could represent perhaps the best frontcourt play the Warriors have had in decades.
MILWAUKEE SCOUTING REPORT
In short, this hasn’t been a season to remember for the Bucks, at least not yet. At 7-26, Milwaukee currently holds the worst record in the NBA, and much of that is due to their inability to score the basketball. Their average of 92.8 points per game ranks second-worst in the entire league, while their rebounds, assists and points allowed per game averages all rank in the bottom half of the Association. Despite their lowly record, they do possess more than enough talent to pull off a win against the streaking Dubs. With young studs like Brandon Knight and rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo alongside defensive anchor Larry Sanders, it would be unwise to overlook a Bucks squad desperate for a big win. Winners of nine-straight, the Warriors will need to play a solid all-around game if they wish to push that streak into double-digits.
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist surgery) are out.
MIL: John Henson (ankle) is out.
MIL: John Henson (ankle) is out.