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Warriors shake off blowout loss, swat aside Bucks


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Warriors shake off blowout loss, swat aside Bucks

ELITE. Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots the against Bucks guard Damian Lillard.

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Just days after getting badly whipped by the Celtics, Steph Curry and the Warriors drop a 78-point first half against the Bucks

Stephen Curry led a balanced scoring attack with 29 points and the Golden State Warriors rebounded from a humiliating loss in Boston with a 125-90 romp over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, March 6 (Thursday, March 7, Manila time) in San Francisco.

Golden State rookie Trayce Jackson-Davis squashed a Milwaukee rally with 2 blocks on Giannis Antetokounmpo in a five-second highlight reel.

Jonathan Kuminga chipped in 20 points and Jackson-Davis 15 to complement 4 blocks for the Warriors, who were last seen getting swamped 140-88 by the Celtics on Sunday.

Three days later, Golden State put up 78 points in the first half alone while building a 22-point lead. The Warriors subsequently survived a bit of a scare when the Bucks, seeking a seventh straight win, got within 83-77 just past the midpoint of the third period.

Jackson-Davis initially stalled the uprising with a layup, and then after Curry made one free throw, rejected Antetokounmpo twice from point-blank range.

Chris Paul gathered the second block and fed Curry, who in turn found Jackson-Davis for an alley-oop dunk that electrified the crowd and sent the Warriors on their way to a 12th win in their past 15 games.

Golden State retained an 11-point advantage at period’s end, then got hoops from four different players – including a three-pointer by Brandin Podziemski – to go up 102-81 in the third minute of the final period.

Curry did a majority of his scoring on 6-for-10 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Kuminga, Paul, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green each added a pair of treys, helping the Warriors run up a 57-33 advantage from deep. Golden State made half its 38 3-point attempts.

Green finished with 12 points to go with 6 rebounds and 6 assists, while Thompson added 10 points off the bench. 

Curry found time to be the game’s leading rebounder with 8, while Paul had a game-high 9 assists to complement 6 points and 3 steals.

Returning to action after missing a Monday home win over the Los Angeles Clippers with Achilles soreness, Antetokounmpo paced the Bucks with 23 points. He also led the team in rebounds with 7 and tied Damian Lillard as the club’s top assist man with 6.

Lillard and Bobby Portis finished with 20 points apiece for Milwaukee, which shot just 38.2% and was outrebounded 50-36. –

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