Warriors Fall to Bucks, Ending Perfect Start


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The Warriors’ Stephen Curry driving to the hoop against the Bucks on Saturday.

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The Golden State Warriors are perfect no more. Their 24-game winning streak to start the 2015-16 N.B.A. season came to end on Saturday night in Milwaukee, where they lost to the Bucks, 108-95.

Although the Warriors had not lost a regular-season game since April 7, the result was not hugely surprising. Golden State was concluding a challenging seven-game trip and coming off a grueling double-overtime game at Boston on Friday night in which they held on for a 124-119 victory.

The normally sharpshooting Warriors struggled to find their range on Saturday, shooting barely 40 percent from the floor, including 6 of 26 from behind the arc. Stephen Curry had 28 points on 10-of-21 shooting from the field, and he went 2 of 8 from 3-point territory. Klay Thompson, returning after missing a game with a sprained ankle, was 4 of 14 for 12 points.

Saturday’s loss stopped the Warriors short of the record of 33 consecutive victories, set by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1971-72 season. The Bucks also stopped the Lakers’ winning streak in 1972.

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“We didn’t have it tonight,” said Luke Walton, the Warriors’ interim coach. “That’s why it’s so hard to do what these guys have done so far. Tonight it caught up to us.”

Walton said that the Bucks “looked like they wanted it a little more tonight. We looked like we ran out of gas.”

The Warriors trailed by 59-48 at halftime, the fourth time this season that Golden State trailed at the half.

Greg Monroe had 28 points for the Bucks, who led by double digits for much of the night before the Warriors cut it to a point a couple of times.

The Bucks had an answer each time. Monroe was 11 of 16, including a 3-point play with 2 minutes 51 seconds left for a 12-point lead.

Michael Carter-Williams, who had 17 points off the bench for Milwaukee, made a strong drive down the lane and dunked with 42 seconds left to put an exclamation point on Milwaukee’s night.

“We never wavered,” Monroe said.

Bucks fans at the packed Bradley Center erupted with cheers after the final buzzer. A raucous Bucks cheering section proved prophetic after wearing green “24-1” shirts to the game.

“We showed some spurts to get back into the game,” Curry said. “We got some stops, but for 48 minutes, I don’t think anybody can say we played as hard as they did.”

Saturday’s loss also ended an emerging debate over how to calculate the Warriors’ winning streak. Some were inclined to include the four straight games the Warriors won at the end of the 2014-15 regular season; others, with a more purist view, thought the streak should be measured in terms of games from the current season only. Counting the four games from the end of last season, the Warriors won 28 regular-season games in a row, which would top the 27 straight won by the Miami Heat in 2013, the second most after the Lakers’ streak.

In any case, Saturday night’s defeat was the Warriors’ first in a game that counted since they lost to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the N.B.A. finals on June 9. The Warriors won the next three games against Cleveland to clinch the championship.

Then came the 24 victories to start this season, a record start. Now the Warriors head home, to face the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.

“There’s no reason for anyone to hang their heads in that locker room for losing that game,” Walton said. “They’ve been incredible all year, and the losses are going to come.”



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