What were the streak snappers, the things that did the Golden State Warriors in on Saturday night?
The keys to the Milwaukee Bucks’ win were:
Golden State was out of gas
The Warriors were taxed, trying to become the first team to complete an undefeated road trip of at least seven games and trying to do so after playing a double-overtime game the night before.
As such, the Warriors didn’t so some things well that they usually do well. They were 6-for-26 from 3-point range. Their 23 percent shooting was their second worst on 3-pointers this season. Golden State entered the day leading the NBA in 3-point shooting (43 percent).
The Bucks ran as much as they could, converting 10 of 13 shots in transition. They typically average 13 transition points per game. They were 6-of-7 from the field when running off Warriors turnovers.
The Bucks did what the Warriors usually do. Milwaukee made 9 of 13 open jump shots. The Warriors made 4 of 18.
The Warriors shot 8-of-48 (16.7 percent) outside the restricted area, the worst they've shot in that part of the court in any game in the 20 years for which we have data.
Curry didn’t get the help he needed
The Warriors played the Bucks even with Stephen Curry on the court, but shot 5-of-21 and were outscored by 13 points when he was out of the game.
Curry was the only Warriors player who played more than a minute to have a plus-minus for the game that was not negative.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had his first career triple-double, with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that he is the youngest player in Bucks history to record a triple-double (age 21).
Elias also shared that he is the third player to have a triple-double in a game that snapped a winning streak of at least 12, along with Micheal Ray Richardson (for the Knicks in 1982) and John Havlicek (for the Celtics in 1973). Both did so against the Bucks.
MCW gets scores and stops
Michael Carter-Williams did the job for the Bucks on both the offensive and defensive ends. He had 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, along with a game-high five steals.
Carter-Williams also shut down Curry and Klay Thompson. The Warriors' dynamic duo was a combined 2-for-11 when he was the primary defender. Thompson was 0-for-5.
Turning point: Start of fourth quarter
The Warriors trailed by three points entering the fourth quarter. Luke Walton sent out five nonstarters. The Bucks opened the quarter on an 11-2 run as the Warriors missed eight of their first nine shots.
One of the players who started the fourth quarter was Jason Thompson, who had not played a minute in the second half in which the team trailed until Saturday. Entering the day, his 64 minutes were the fewest on the team.