OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors outscored the Milwaukee Bucks 36-15 in the second quarter to win the game 117-92.
Steph Curry paced the Warriors with 28 points, including eight three-pointers, while Klay Thompson followed that up with 21 points. As a team, the Warriors held a distinct advantage when it came to perimeter shooting, converting on 12-of-23 attempts (52.2 percent), while Milwaukee was just 9-of-27 (33.3 percent).
But the Bucks were tasked with playing from behind for much of the game, despite leading 17-5 in the game’s opening minutes. It didn’t help Milwaukee’s case that Golden State hoarded all the missed shots. The Warriors dominated the glass with 44 rebounds, compared to the Bucks’ 35.
It was the fourth game of a six-game road trip for the Bucks, who were led by Malcolm Brogdon’s 18 points. They’re now 2-2 over that stretch while trying to hold on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
”No excuses but we were fatigued,” Brogdon said. ”If your second game on a back-to-back is one of the best teams, it’s going to be tough. Fatigue definitely plays a factor but it’s not the reason we lost.”
The Bucks have Sunday and Monday off before returning Tuesday night to visit the Portland Trailblazers.
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks staff in charge of gameday entertainment provided a laugh with the “Bandwagon Cam,” but the team didn’t hold up its end of the deal in a 124-121 loss to the Golden State Warriors Saturday night.
The Bandwagon Cam was one of the more entertaining parts of the game, as cameras panned around to Warriors fans at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Graphics were then displayed, poking fun at the fans with phrases like “Doesn’t know which city the Warriors play in.”
Despite shooting 51.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc, Milwaukee wasn’t able to get past the now 11-2 Warriors. It’s now the third loss in a row for the Bucks, with inconsistencies continuing to be an issue. The Bucks put up no fewer than 26 points in each quarter of Saturday’s game, but in last week’s loss to the Miami Heat, they scored just 25 in the entire second half.
Milwaukee hosts the Orlando Magic Monday night at 7.
MILWAUKEE — Free agent guard Dwyane Wade recently cancelled a meeting with the Milwaukee Bucks scheduled for Wednesday, but reports now indicate Wade will meet with the Bucks in New York Wednesday afternoon.
The Bucks likely won’t be able to match offers from other teams, with Wade looking for a $50 million contract. The Chicago Bulls have come the closest to meeting Wade’s demands, offering a two-year contract with a partial guarantee. None of the teams reportedly still in the chase (Chicago, Denver, Miami) have offered a three-year deal, although the Nuggets have been able to surpass the $50 million threshold.
Former Bucks sharpshooter and former Wade teammate with the Heat, Ray Allen, has reached out to the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers about an NBA return. He last played in the 2013-14 season where he averaged 9.6 points per game.