Warriors buckle down and beat the Bucks


Eric Bledsoe added 21 points in the loss.

And Bucks coach Jason Kidd predicted as much before Friday night's game, saying that even without Stephen Curry, who would sit out with a right sprained ankle, the Warriors still had Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant. The Warriors outscored the Bucks 28-12 in the fourth quarter, with Milwaukee shooting only 5-of-20 (25 percent) from the field. Durant scored five in a row a short time later - a 17-footer and a 3-pointer - to increase the margin to nine with 2:19 remaining. "We just had to figure it out".

At 33-9, the Warriors own the best record in the National Basketball Association by percentage points over the Boston Celtics (34-10) and lead the Western Conference over second-best Houston (29-11) by three games. Malcom Brogdon had 17 and Tony Snell 11.

Friday marks the first of a five-game road trip for the Warriors and, with the likes of Toronto (on Saturday), Cleveland and Houston on the trip, sitting Curry against the Bucks is more of a precautionary measure, ESPN reported.

Thirteen of Durant's points came in the opening quarter when Golden State made 16 of 24 field-goal attempts. However, Golden State controlled the final six minutes of the quarter to take the 14-point halftime lead.