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Rapid Recap: Bucks 121, Warriors 122

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Without MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks could not hold off a fourth quarter comeback led by a red-hot Stephen Curry, losing to the Golden State Warriors 122-121. Box Score

The Bucks played from behind for almost all of the first half. The Dubs got out to a quick 18-5 lead and hit 5 of their first 9 attempts from deep, leading 28-26 at the first quarter horn. Though Milwaukee bounced back from that early 13 point deficit with a 31-12 run—and grabbed a brief 6 point lead early in the second—a 13-3 Jordan Poole-fueled sequence squashed the momentum as the Warriors led 53-50 going into the locker room.

Milwaukee came out of half with a huge 38 point third, thanks to 14 from a sweet-shooting Khris Middleton. Steph Curry had 19 in that period, though, so it was just 88-83 Bucks entering the fourth. Milwaukee could not build any safe leads in the fourth since Steph was going bonkers. Golden State never let their deficit get much beyond 8 points and used a 14-3 run late to grab the lead with 1:32 to go. The Bucks would have the ball down 1 with 7.7 remaining, but a poorly executed inbounds play resulted in Khris Middleton’s game-winning attempt being partially blocked, completing the Bucks’ collapse.

The Bucks simply had no way of stopping Steph Curry in the second half, who finished with an insane 41 points on 21 shots. Jrue Holiday led the way for Milwaukee with 29.

Stat That Stood Out

While Holiday made some huge shots in the fourth, his 8 turnovers—including 3 in the first 3 minutes of the second half—were a big issue for someone who only averages 2 per game. One of those early in the third was a very bizarre pass thrown seemingly directly to Andrew Wiggins. Compare this all to his 5 assists and it’s not hard to see why he was a team-worst -13.

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