SAN FRANCISCO – Stephen Curry & # 39; s soft coccyx has been greatly improved, the two-time MVP leading one of those furious finishes that have defined Golden State and all those NBA Finals runs over the years.
Kelly Oubre Jr. changed a pair of free throws by 7.7 seconds to give Golden State the lead, and Milwaukee missed in the end when the Warriors held the Bucks 122-121 at bay on Tuesday-evening.
Curry hit a 3-pointer with 1:06 to play on his way to 41 points with five 3-pointers when his team came back late and worked to the final buzzer to make a three-game loss streak.
Curry and his coach, Steve Kerr, then shared an extra long hug and exhaled.
"If you lose what we've lost in a row, a win deserves a hug," Kerr said.
Jrue Holiday scored the go-ahead basket after his offensive rebound with 29 seconds to go.
Andrew Wiggins' driving dunk with 1:59 to play turned it into a one-point game, after which Golden State got a defensive stop before Kent Bazemore gave his team the lead the next time.
Oubre finished with 19 points and Bazemore scored 18 in the Warriors' second win in nine games. They were behind by twelve late in the third.
"Tonight was a good example of lingered a bit after things went south and Milwaukee built that big lead in the second half," Kerr said. "I really liked the energy and competitiveness with which we won."
Khris Middleton scored 28 runs when Milwaukee again missed injured big man Giannis Antetokounmpo. Holiday finished with 29 points, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers that weren't enough.
Antetokounmpo sat out his second game in a row with a sore left knee after missing a 129-128 victory in Sacramento on Saturday. The two-time reigning MVP, who scored 47 points to match his season high in a 127-109 victory over Portland on Friday, missed his fourth game of the Bucks' last nine after hoping to play on Tuesday.
“He was warming up tonight and just kind of felt it,” said Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer. "I just made the decision that tonight wasn't a good night, one when he should be gone."
For the Warriors, this feat meant progress on many fronts: the energy on both sides, the attention to detail that was missing on a particularly daunting recent road trip – and of course the W result.
Curry shot 14 for 21 and 5 of 10 from deep. He had missed Friday's game in Toronto with the bruised tailbone and then played almost 37 minutes on Sunday in Atlanta.
“I think we should all just stop and appreciate what he's doing right now,” said Bazemore.
Milwaukee had won against Golden State twice in a row, including a 138-99 defeat on Christmas Day, and the Bucks saw the end of a three-game winning streak on the home floor of Warriors.
Golden State came out shooting and made 7 of 11 to jump forward 18-5 and force two early timeouts from the Bucks.
Kerr was pleased with his team's response after a tough week.
His pregame wish: “No. 1, defending without fouling would be great. That was so disappointing the other day to really play a good game in general and compete and have a chance to win and hack our way to a loss. "
Bucks: Reserve F P.J. Tucker missed his seventh game in a row with a tense left calf. He didn't train on Monday and played in only three games for the Bucks since they took him over from Houston. … Holiday was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday with 33 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in Sacramento without Antetokounmpo. Holiday signed a four-year extension on Sunday that will be worth at least $ 134 million if he exercises the option for the fourth year.
Warriors: Curry is just 88 points (17,695) away from Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain's career franchise with a record 17,783. … The Warriors hit five of their first six shots – threes from Curry, Oubre and Wiggins – for a quick 13-3 lead and Bucks timeout at 9:30 am.
Bucks: Won 21 times in a row against the Mavericks in Dallas on Thursday evening.
Warriors: Host Washington on Friday night in the first of two games in the second half with the Wizards.