Bucks stop streaking Warriors
MILWAUKEE — The Golden State Warriors walked slowly off the Bradley Center floor, exchanging handshakes with the victorious Milwaukee Bucks on the way back to their locker room.
They're not used to losing.
The Warriors' NBA-record start ended after 24 wins when they lost to the Bucks 108-95 on Saturday night.
"We didn't have it tonight," interim coach Luke Walton said. "That's why it is so hard to do what these guys have done so far. It caught up to us."
Golden State fell to 24-1. Its 28-game winning streak, counting the final four games of last season, came to a halt. The NBA's longest winning streak was 33 by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1971-72 — and it was also snapped by Milwaukee.
"Well, we knew the streak had to end at some point," the Warriors posted on their Twitter account.
It was the way they lost that was a little surprising. This was no squeaker at the buzzer, but a Bucks runaway at the end.
Greg Monroe scored 28 points for the Bucks, who got the all-around effort needed to beat the defending NBA champions.
"When you talk about the streak, what's bigger than the streak is they're the world champs," coach Jason Kidd said. "And so, for us, we didn't talk about the streak, it was about playing the world champs."
It also helped that the Warriors, perhaps fighting fatigue after needing two overtimes to win at Boston on Friday, were cold from 3-point range. They usually make 13 a night, but were just 6 of 26 from behind the arc playing on the final game of a seven-game road trip.
Stephen Curry had 28 points on 10-of-21 shooting from the field, including 2 of 8 from 3-point territory.
KNICKS 112, TRAIL BLAZERS 110: At Portland, Carmelo Anthony tied a season high with 37 points and New York rallied from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit. Anthony, who scored 20 points in the first half, shot 13 of 21 from the field as New York ended a four-game losing streak. Anthony finished the game by hitting six free throws during the final 30 seconds. Former Blazers Robin Lopez and Arron Afflalo were among six Knicks in double figures. Afflalo scored 15 points, while Lopez had 14 points and seven rebounds. Damian Lillard led Portland with 30 points but missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
SPURS 103, HAWKS 78: At Atlanta, Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points, and San Antonio allowed only 25 first-half points in the strongest defensive effort by any NBA team this season. The Spurs led 47-25 at halftime. The Hawks' total — 13 points in the first quarter, 12 in the second — was the lowest in the NBA in any half this seasons.
CLIPPERS 105, NETS 100: At New York, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick each scored 21 points, and the Clippers ended a seven-game, two-state road losing streak against the Nets. Chris Paul had 15 points and 14 assists for the Clippers, who hadn't beaten the Nets on the road since Dec. 11, 2007.
ROCKETS 126, LAKERS 97: At Houston, James Harden scored 30 points, leading the Rockets to the runaway win. A 3-pointer by Nick Young with about seven minutes left got the Lakers within 11, but a 13-2 run by Houston pushed the lead to 115-93. Kobe Bryant had 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Lakers, who have lost six in a row and 13 of 14.
BULLS 98, PELICANS 94: At Chicago, Pau Gasol had 18 points for Chicago, and Aaron Brooks scored 15 of his 17 in the fourth quarter. Jimmy Butler added 15 points for the Bulls, who trailed for most of the game. Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans each scored 22 points for the Pelicans.
PISTONS 118, PACERS 96: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Reggie Jackson had 21 points and nine assists, leading Detroit. Ersan Ilyasova added 20 points, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished with 18 points, a career-high eight assists and seven rebounds.
CELTICS 98, HORNETS 93: At Charlotte, N.C., Avery Bradley scored 23 points, Isaiah Thomas added 21 points and 13 assists, and Boston snapped Charlotte's four-game winning streak. Jae Crowder added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Celtics (14-10), who have won seven of their last 10 games.
WIZARDS 114, MAVERICKS 111: At Dallas, Otto Porter scored a career-high 28 points, John Wall had 26 points and 16 assists, and Washington ended an 11-game losing streak against Dallas. Washington had not beaten Dallas since Oct. 27, 2009. Porter scored 17 points during Washington's 39-point third quarter.