The Milwaukee Bucks clinched a decisive 129-118 victory against a beleaguered Golden State Warriors team. The Saturday night game showcased the prowess of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored 33 points, propelling the Bucks to a win with a dominant fourth quarter.
Warriors' Struggle Without Key Players
The Golden State Warriors, with a record of 18-21, faced the challenge of competing without their star player Stephen Curry and the absence of Draymond Green. Curry was rested on the second night of a road back-to-back, leaving a noticeable void in the team's lineup.
Coach Steve Kerr hinted at Green's possible return in the upcoming games against Memphis or Utah, as the Warriors aim to wrap up their four-game trip on a high note. Golden State's performance, spearheaded by Jonathan Kuminga and rookie Brandin Podziemski, was commendable despite the adversity.
Kuminga notched 28 points, while Podziemski dazzled with 23 points and 10 assists, showcasing the depth and resilience of the Warriors' roster.
Bucks' Fourth-Quarter Surge
The real story of the night was the Milwaukee Bucks' phenomenal performance in the final quarter.
Khris Middleton, contributing 24 points with 13 in the fourth quarter, played a pivotal role alongside Antetokounmpo.
"We were able to get stops and force them into tougher shots,” Middleton reflected on their fourth-quarter strategy.Rookie guard Andre Jackson Jr. also made headlines with his first professional double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Milwaukee's offensive onslaught saw them sinking 19 of 27 shots (70%) in the final period, outscoring the Warriors 46-37.
His energetic plays, including a notable block against Trayce Jackson-Davis, were instrumental in the Bucks' victory. Jackson's growth was evident as he spoke about his increased focus on film study and scoring. The synergy between Middleton and Antetokounmpo was on full display, especially in the closing moments of the game.
A crucial rebound basket by Brook Lopez and a stunning alley-oop from Middleton to Antetokounmpo cemented the Bucks' lead, showcasing their ability to close out tight contests effectively.
Despite the loss, Kerr acknowledged the Warriors' spirited effort.
"The game slipped away from us in the fourth; they scored 46 points," Kerr conceded, highlighting the Bucks' explosive final quarter.