Stephen Curry, Warriors shut down red-hot Bucks, 125-90 win

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Stephen Curry, Warriors shut down red-hot Bucks, 125-90 win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Stephen Curry had 29 points, Jonathan Kuminga scored 20, and the Golden State Warriors ran away from Milwaukee for a 125-90 win on Wednesday night, handing the Bucks their first defeat since the All-Star break.

After trailing by 20 at halftime, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard led a 19-5 run to start the third and get the Bucks back in it - but Curry, who also had eight rebounds and five assists, went to work again.

Rookie Trayce Jackson-Davis had 15 points along with four of Golden State's season-high 13 blocked shots to match his own career high. Kuminga swatted another three.

Antetokounmpo, who missed Monday night's win at home against the Clippers because of left Achilles tendinitis, had 23 points and seven rebounds after he was questionable coming into the game. Lillard finished with 20 points and six assists in his first game back at Chase Center since being traded by the rival Trail Blazers to the Bucks last October.

Draymond Green had two late 3-pointers and wound up with 12 points while Klay Thompson contributed 10 points off the bench as the Warriors led 78-58 at halftime, their biggest lead at intermission this season.

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Milwaukee had a league-best defensive rating since the All-Star break but was handed its first loss in that span after winning six in a row out of the break - holding opponents below 110 points during that unbeaten stretch and under 100 in four of those contests.

The Bucks missed a chance to tie their best winning streak of the season at seven, accomplished from Dec. 11-23. Milwaukee had won eight of 10 and beat the Warriors at home 129-118 on Jan 13.

Golden State started 11 for 16 with Curry hitting his first five shots with two 3s and the Warriors scored 40 points in the opening quarter for the second time this season, their ninth 40-point quarter overall. Their 15 points in the third matched a season low for any quarter.

Golden State outscored the Bucks 32-9 in the fourth.

The Warriors bounced back after losing 140-88 in Boston on Sunday with Curry going 2 of 13 and 0 for 9 on 3-pointers.

Golden State forward Andrew Wiggins returned from a four-game absence to deal with a family matter and played just 14 minutes as the Warriors won for the 14th time in 18 games.

During a second-quarter timeout the Warriors recognized former general manager Bob Myers as he worked the broadcast, with his three daughters taking part in the festivities.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Continue their four-game California trip against the Lakers in Los Angeles on Friday night.

Warriors: Host Bulls on Thursday night to complete a home-home back-to-back.

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