Five gala posters for this volley of Christmas matches, including the severe correction inflicted on the Warriors by the Bucks.
Milwaukee-Golden State: 138-99
Milwaukee demonstration. Led by Khris Middleton (31 pts, 6/8 to 3 pts) and guided by an evil address (20/37 to 3 pts), the Bucks destroyed Golden State last night, in Wisconsin (138-99). Stephen Curry (19 pts) and company exploded after the break (72-43). “It was not good, but I have no doubt that we can be much better, swears Steve Kerr, the coach of the Dubs. But we have a lot of work… ”The upcoming return of Draymond Green (foot) will not hurt. Meanwhile, Golden State, beaten 99-125 by Brooklyn on Tuesday, has a cumulative deficit of 65 points in its first two games. Only one team has done worse in NBA history, the Clippers, with 71 points after two games, in 1987-88. And yet, Giannis Antetokoumpo did not even force his talent, with 15 points and 13 rebounds at 4/15 on shots and 7/15 on throws. Four of his teammates have reached or exceeded 10 points, Donte DiVincenzo, DJ Augustin (13 pts), Jrue Holiday (12) and Bobby Portis (10). Warriors rookie James Wiseman scored 18 points. 12 for Andrew Wiggins and… 3 for Kelly Oubre Jr, at 1/10 in shoots. The Bucks, who would host a Christmas game for the first time since … 1968, therefore raise their heads after their narrow defeat against Boston (121-122).
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To be continued: Boston-Brooklyn (11 p.m.), LA Lakers-Denver (2 a.m.) and Denver-LA Clippers (4:30 a.m.).