THE Milwaukee Bucks sent a strong message to the rest of the field with a 134-111 blowout victory over the Golden State Warriors at the two-time defending champions’ turf in Oakland on Friday, Manila time.
Eric Bledsoe, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Khris Middleton showed the way for the Bucks, who improved to 9-2 for their best start since the 1980-81 season.
The Bucks also snapped the Warriors’ eight-game winning streak, handing the defending champions only their second lossi in 12 games.
The Warriors also saw superstar Steph Curry go out with an apparent groin injury halfway through the third quarter.
Bledsoe finished with 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting, six assists, four boards, and one steal in just 26 minutes, wihle Antetokounmpo missed a double-double by just one rebound, adding 24 points, four assists, two steals, and two blocks in 26 minutes.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 24 points, three boards, three assists, two blocks, and one steal, while Curry finished with 10 points and six assists before suffering his injury in the second half.