Warriors beat Bucks 108-95, clinch top seed in West
MILWAUKEE (AP) Stephen Curry scored 25 points, and the Golden State Warriors clinched the top seed in the Western Conference by pulling away in the second half of a 108-95 victory on Saturday night over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Klay Thompson added 21 for Golden State, which also set a franchise record with its 60th victory of the season. The Warriors hold a 10-game lead over second-place Memphis in the West with nine games left in the regular season.
Khris Middleton had 14 points for Milwaukee, which fell back under .500 at 36-37 after winning two straight.
The smooth-shooting Thompson scored 17 in the third quarter to help the Warriors pull away after the Bucks got within 57-50 on Middleton's jumper with 8:25 left in the period.
Thompson followed with a 3 from the left wing. The guard turned with a stoic face as he walked slowly back to the bench after the Bucks called timeout.
The Warriors won their 10th straight with another impressive performance on defense and from behind the arc. They finished 12 of 25 from 3-point range, including 6 of 9 from Curry.
Milwaukee did manage to slice a 19-point deficit to 11 a few times in the fourth quarter. John Henson's bucket with 8:06 left got Milwaukee within 84-73.
But Curry followed with a long 3 that had fans at the Bradley Center sighing. Once again, Curry's range helped put a game out of reach for a Golden State opponent.
Warriors: With his team playing the second of back-to-back road games, coach Steve Kerr rested forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala. ... Justin Holiday's 3-pointer with 4:05 left in the first quarter gave the Warriors 775 3s with nine games left, breaking their record of 774 set last season.
Bucks: Milwaukee trailed 48-38 at the half after shooting 12 of 45 (26 percent) in the first half, a season low in the opening half for the Bucks. Fifteen first-half turnovers by Golden State, including four for Curry, helped keep things close. ... Two days after getting a career-best 34 points in a 111-107 win over Indiana, forward Ersan Ilyasova finished with eight.
Warriors: At Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.
Bucks: At Atlanta on Monday.
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