Kevin Durant Leads Warriors to Win over Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

Durant becomes 2nd youngest to 20,000 points

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That's exactly what Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant had in mind when he faked Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo out of his shoes on Friday night at BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Warriors, who shot 55 percent, held Milwaukee to four points over the first eight-plus minutes of the fourth quarter and used an 8-0 burst to take a 94-86 lead on Patrick McCaw's layup with 3:58 to play. The Warriors will face the Toronto Raptors on Saturday and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday in a pair of high-profile matchups, but in the midst of a mistake-filled third quarter, it appeared as though Golden State forgot how risky the Bucks can be. By the end of the first half, Looney ranked second on the team (behind Durant) with a plus-minus of +16 and had contributed six points, a pair of assists and four offensive rebounds.

After falling in blowout fashion to the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena on Wednesday night, Golden State hit the road for the first contest of a five-game road trip on Friday. He shot well overall, going 12-of-20 from the field. Its usually precise three-point shooting was lacking with just five makes on 15 attempts, but that didn't slow down the offense. Milwaukee took a 53-46 lead into halftime despite making only 2 of 14 3-point attempts.

Draymond Green did a little bit of everything with 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Despite the loss, Milwaukee can be encouraged by its effort.

Milwaukee was still down nine just past the midway point of the quarter before Brogdon made two 3-pointers, the latter knotting the score at 79 with 1:28 left before another 3-pointer by Tony Snell helped the Bucks take an 82-80 lead into the final quarter. Being able to close against an elite team is one thing keeping this up-and-coming group just on the outside of the Eastern Conference top tier.

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