The Golden State Warriors are no longer undefeated. After winning their first 24 games of the season, the Bucks beat them 108-95 in Milwaukee to put an end to their perfect start. Greg Monroe led the way with 28 points while Stephen Curry had 28 of his own in the losing effort.
The Warriors have had close calls -- an overtime win against the Nets, two close ones against Toronto and a game that went down to the wire in Utah on Nov. 30 -- but had their biggest scare of the season Friday, when they needed double overtime to beat the Celtics without Klay Thompson. After playing heavy minutes in Boston, they just didn't have enough energy left to keep the streak going in the last night of a seven-game road trip, even with Thompson back.
The Bucks were in control for most of the game. They quickly got a double-digit lead in the first quarter and bounced back in the second period when the Warriors made a run. While Golden State had to rely almost exclusively on Curry and Draymond Green for scoring, the Bucks' balanced offense allowed them to go to the break up 11. O.J. Mayo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greg Monroe and Jabari Parker combined for 44 of Milwaukee's 59 first half points.
The Warriors appeared visibly tired at times during the first half, which didn't bode well for their chances of staying in the game in the second half against a young and athletic Milwaukee team. At no point was that more obvious than when Curry missed a shot and couldn't muster the energy to go back on defense at the end of the first period.
The Warriors have responded well when tested and Saturday's game was no exception. Even through their exhaustion, they kept fighting. They locked down on defense and closed the gap in the third quarter. Going into the the final period they were down only three points, but that's as close as they would get.
In the end, they simply didn't have the energy to keep up with a Bucks team that was clearly motivated to hand them their first loss. Milwaukee continued to execute and got a 108-95 win
The loss might actually be a blessing for the Warriors, who won't have to worry about sustaining their perfect record anymore. They have already made history by posting the best start to a season ever and are comfortably in first place in the West standings. They are still the favorite to win it all once again and no single loss will change that. Their record, however, is no longer unblemished thanks to the Bucks.