The Milwaukee Bucks have done the unthinkable, ending the Golden State Warriors’ 24-game winning streak.
The Bucks defeated the hot favourites 105-98 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center this past weekend. Coincidently the Bucks ended the Los Angeles Lakers 33-game winning streak in the 1971-72 season.
The Warriors trailed at half-time 59-48, but hit back in the third quarter with 29 points to 21; however, they flummoxed in the fourth scoring only 18 points as the Bucks hit the switch and got into their rhythm scoring 28 points to make history. The Bucks fans were wearing 24-1 T-shirts.
Bucks coach Jason Kidd said it was inevitable that the streak would end. “When you talk about the streak, what’s bigger than the streak is they’re the world champs, so, for us, we didn’t talk about the streak, it was about playing the world champs.”
The Golden State Warriors beat every opponent in the last 24 games they have played. Their Point Guard Stephen Curry has been their shining light with a 30 point, or more, scoring average each game. This match, however, Curry scored 28 points and his three-point shooting lacked, with only having 2/8 attempts made; in previous games he scored more than 50 per cent from long range.
Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton told the press exactly how he felt about the loss. “Losing sucks. Even if you are 24-1, losing still sucks! I’m sure there will be a little relief mentally going forward.”
The Warriors will look to find their 25th win against the Phoenix Suns next week, while the Bucks face the Los Angeles Lakers in what is promised to be a blockbuster. – Jesse Mullens
Top photo of the Bucks celebrating from the Milwaukee Bucks official Twitter feed.