There was a lot of talk leading up to the rematch between the Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks after the Bucks handed the Warriors their first loss last Saturday. The Warriors weren’t too pleased with how the Bucks acted while celebrating the win, and many thought Golden State would mercilessly stomp Milwaukee on Friday night at Oracle Arena to get revenge. That didn’t happen, as the Warriors had to fight back from a 15-point deficit to take home a 121-112 victory to move to 26-1 on the season.
The Bucks came out and punched the Warriors in the mouth again, controlling the game and opening up that aforementioned 15-point lead early in the third quarter. Golden State made one of its patented charges, but Milwaukee counterpunched and led by 11 points early in the fourth quarter.
However, the Warriors charged back on the back of Draymond Green, and they finished the job with clutch play after clutch play down the stretch. Andre Iguodala struggled all night, but the veteran hit the dagger three off a pretty pass from Stephen Curry:
Green finished the game with 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, with nine of those points coming in the fourth quarter. Curry had what seemed like a pedestrian night, but he too nearly notched a triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Klay Thompson added 27 points, while Festus Ezeli had 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Ezeli played a huge role thanks in part to Andrew Bogut’s back injury suffered early in the game.
Meanwhile, the Bucks fought valiantly, but it just wasn’t enough to pull off another stunning upset. Michael Carter-Williams led seven players in double figures with 24 points as Milwaukee fell to 10-18 on the season.
And finally, to the surprise of nobody, there was a bit of a scuffle after the final buzzer sounded:
You can see OJ Mayo speaking with Dray, then Green pushes him away. Middleton wanted a piece. pic.twitter.com/UkW3r7W9UX
— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) December 19, 2015
Because of course there was.