The Golden State Warriors homestand that was supposed to create space between them and the teams below them in the playoff race, but two games it's done the exact opposite. The Warriors fell to the Milwaukee Bucks 103-93 Saturday night.
Carl Landry got the start for David Lee, who sat out the game with a right knee contusion. According to Marcus Thompson of the San Jose Mercury News, Lee knocked knees with Rockets forward Thomas Robinson during Friday's loss. Lee is expected to be back in the lineup against the New York Knicks Monday night. Landry filled in for Lee nicely in the first half, scoring 12 points and pulling down seven rebounds.
The Bucks came out in the third quarter on fire, scoring 30 points, thanks mostly to shooting of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. The duo combined for 21 of the Bucks' 30 points in the quarter. A Mike Dunleavy three made it 80-70 to start the fourth quarter before the Warriors went on a 6-0 run. The teams then traded baskets for the next five minutes. A Steph Curry lay-up made it 83-80 before Brandon Jennings answered with his sixth three-pointer of the night. Out of a timeout, Klay Thompson answered with a three of his own.
The Warriors pulled within one before the Bucks responded with a 7-0 run that included two J.J. Redick three pointers. Redick appeared to roll his ankle landing on Jarret Jack's foot on the second three but was able to return for the final seconds of the game. Redick's three did put the game away as it put the Bucks up nine with just under three minutes to play. Ellis and Jennings combined for 55 points and 15 assists.
The Warriors' loss prevented them from gaining ground on the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz, who also lost Saturday night. They remain 1 1/2 games ahead of the Rockets for sixth place in the Western Conference, but are just 2 1/2 games ahead of the ninth-place Los Angeles Lakers.