Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 128-111 victory over the Golden State Warriors in a battle of the NBA’s last two champions.
On Tuesday, the Warriors defeated the league-leading Boston Celtics, but it was their 12th loss in 14 road games.
Coach Steve Kerr received a technical foul for his enraged reaction after Stephen Curry appeared to be hit on the head while shooting a three-pointer.
“I felt like we were on the bad end of things to start the game,” he said. “That needs to be called.”
The Warriors trailed by 14 points early in the second quarter, but closed to within six points of the Bucks, whom they defeated as NBA champions in June.
However, the hosts were too strong, and Kerr pulled his starters late in the game to prepare for their trip to the Indianapolis Pacers on Wednesday.
In other news, the Boston Celtics got back on track with a 122-118 overtime victory over long-time rivals the Los Angeles Lakers.
The visitors improved their NBA-leading record to 22 wins and seven losses this season, led by Jayson Tatum’s 44 points.
The Lakers lost for the fourth time in five games, despite Anthony Davis’ 37 points and 12 rebounds, and LeBron James’ 33 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.
The Lakers, who are currently 12th in the Western Conference, have received harsh criticism from NBA legend Charles Barkley.
“The Lakers stink,” he told TNT. “We have to talk about the Lakers, but the Lakers are awful.
“We don’t talk about no other 12th seeds. In the East, we don’t talk about the Washington Wizards do we?”