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Warriors beat Bucks to avenge only loss

LOS ANGLES - The Golden State Warriors avenged their only defeat of the NBA season, rallying for a 121-112 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Six nights after the Bucks ended the Warriors’ season-opening winning streak at 24 games, Milwaukee threatened to hand Golden State a first defeat on their home floor in Oakland, California, since last January.

But shooting guard Klay Thompson on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) had a game-high 27 points and Stephen Curry added 26 along with 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Warriors notched their 30th straight regular-season home win and their 12th this season.

Draymond Green (center) and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors react after Andre Iguodala made a three-point basket against the Milwaukee Bucks at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. AFP
The score was knotted at 108-108 when Curry drove for a basket with 2:16 to play and then added two free throws.

Andre Iguodala drained a three-pointer to give Golden State their biggest lead of the game at 115-108 with 1:21 remaining.

Point guard Michael Carter-Williams had 24 points for the Bucks, who led by as many as 15 in the third quarter but endured their fifth defeat in their last six starts.

Milwaukee led 100-89 five minutes into the final period.

But Warriors forward Draymond Green scored eight consecutive points to ignite a surge that saw Golden State pull level at 100-100 with 6:08 to play.

The hosts seized the lead for the first time since the first quarter when Festus Ezeli’s dunk with 5:11 to go made it 103-102.

Bucks tied it three times after that, but never led again.

Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs, who have labored quietly in the shadow of the Warriors building the second-best record in the league, improved to 15-0 at home this season with a 115-107 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

In their first meeting since the Clippers eliminated the Spurs in a sensational first-round playoff duel last season, San Antonio produced an 11-0 scoring run to open the fourth quarter and held on for the victory.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead San Antonio, who improved to 23-5.

Veteran French point guard Tony Parker scored 21 points for the Spurs. Ten of those came in the fourth quarter, including a three-pointer that closed the 11-point run and gave San Antonio a 96-88 lead with 9:17 to play.

Topics: Golden State Warriors , Milwaukee Bucks , NBA
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