Warriors starts slow before raining down hard on Bucks

Monday, March 20, 2017

Golden State star Stephen Curry (30) shoots a three-pointer for the Warriors against the Milwaukee Bucks during their NBA clash on Saturday.

OAKLAND – The Warriors signed Matt Barnes for protection and depth once Kevin Durant went down with a knee injury in late February.

Scoring? Well, that’s icing on the cake for the feisty 37-year-old veteran.

Barnes made back-to-back 3-pointers to ignite a big run in the second quarter and Golden State overcame a sluggish start to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 117-92 on Saturday night.

Golden State improved to an NBA-best 55-14 with its second straight win by 25 points or more. It was also the Warriors’ third consecutive victory overall following a season-high, three-game losing streak.

The win came on the heels of news that Durant, out since spraining a knee ligament on Feb. 28, has progressed to taking jump shots, an encouraging sign for a team trying to hold on to the top spot in the West.

Golden State has been inconsistent since losing Durant and fell behind by 14 early in the opening period Saturday before outscoring the Bucks 36-15 in the second quarter.

Barnes scored seven straight points and fed Klay Thompson for a short jumper to spark a 23-6 run, while Stephen Curry provided the game’s signature moment with a 33-foot shot just before halftime that brought the Oracle crowd to its feet.

 

”Matt played phenomenal tonight,” Thompson said. ”We expect him to keep doing that. He just brings a certain of level of toughness we need off the bench. He’s a huge asset for us and a great pickup.” (AP)