McCAULEY by JANIE, AP Game writer
San Francisco (AP) – Kyle Aubrey Jr. converted a pair of free throws with 7.7 seconds left to give Golden State an edge, and Milwaukee missed the end as the Warriors held the Bucks to 122-121 on Tuesday night .
In a raging end like those Golden State teams of previous years, Stephen Curry made a 3-pointer with 1:06 to play with 41 points with five 3-pointers until his team worked until the final buzzer. Not even to snap a three. Game losing streak.
After his aggressive rebellion with 29 seconds remaining, Junior Holiday scored a go-ahead basket.
Dunk made it a one point game with 1:59 left for Andrew Wiggins’ driving, then gave Golden State a defensive stop before Kent Bazemore downed his team the next time.
Aubrey won with 19 points and Bezemore scored 18 runs in the Warriors’ second win in nine matches.
Khris Middleton scored 28 points as Milwaukee again missed out on injured big man Giannis Antetokompompo. Holiday finished with 29 points and knocked back-to-back 3-pointers that were not good enough.
Antetokounmpo played its second straight game after a 129–128 win in Sacramento on Saturday. A two-time reigning MVP scoring 47 points in his season bout in a 127–109 win over Portland on Friday, he missed his fourth game in the last nine after the Buckeyes expected to be played on Tuesday. .
“He was warming up tonight and just feeling a little bit,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Just decided tonight wasn’t a good night, one night he should be out.”
For the Warriors, this performance marked progress on several fronts: energy at both ends, attention to detail that was discouraged during the recent road trip – and of course, the W results.
Curry shot 14 for 21 and 5 of 10 from deep.
The two-time MVP missed the Friday game in Toronto, still having to deal with an injured tailbone, then played about 37 minutes on Sunday in Atlanta
Milwaukee had two consecutive wins against Golden State, including a round 138–99 on Christmas day, and the Bucks saw the end of the Warriors’ three-game winning streak on the home floor.
Golden State went out shooting and went 18-5, making 7 of 11 and forced two early times by the Bucks.
“No. No. 1, it would be great to defend without fouling,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr was already tight-lipped. It was disappointing the other night to play a really good game and have a chance to compete and win and just hack our way to a loss. “
Bucks: Reserve F PJ Tucker leaves his seventh straight game with a leftover calf. He did not practice on Monday and has played only three games for the Bucks since they acquired him from Houston. … Holiday was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday and had 33 points, 11 assistants and seven rebellions without Sacramento of Antoconampo. Holiday signed a four-year extension that would be worth at least $ 134 million if the fourth-year option was exercised.
Warriors: Curry is just 88 points (17,695) from Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain’s career franchise with a score of 17,783. … The Warriors hit three of their first six shots – 3 by Curry, Oubre and Wiggins – for a quick 13-3 lead and a Bucks timeout at 9:30.
Bucks: Won 21 straight against the Mavericks on Thursday night in Dallas.
Warriors: Host Washington on Friday night in the first match of the second half with the Wizards.
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