Despite his Golden State Warriors struggling in 2020-21, star point-guard Steph Curry continues to show why he has two MVP awards to his name. In a tough matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, Curry scored 41 points to give his team an important win in a race for the play-in spot.
Before meeting the Bucks, the Warriors were on a three-game losing streak and had just one win in their last eight games. It appeared that this trend would continue as Golden State entered the final four minutes of the contest with a 10-point deficit.
After Kelly Oubre Jr. made a three-pointer to cut into the Bucks’ lead, Curry, who had poured in 30 points by then, got the Warriors within reach. The 33-year-old sharpshooter scored five points, including a 29-foot three-pointer, on back-to-back possessions and set up a thrilling finish.
With 30 seconds on the clock, Milwaukee’s Jrue Holiday grabbed an offensive rebound after Pat Connaughton’s three-point attempt and scored a layup to give his team a 121-120 advantage. On the other end, Oubre went to the free-throw line after Brook Lopez’s foul and made it 121-122 for the Warriors.
The Bucks had 7.7 seconds to score, but the Warriors’ defense managed to come through. Andrew Wiggins first blocked Khris Middleton’s three-point attempt, and then Connaughton couldn’t get a good shot despite an offensive rebound in the paint.
Steph Curry was the man of the moment on Tuesday night with 41 points, six rebounds, and two assists. He shot 14-21 from the field, including 5-10 on three-pointers.
Holiday headlined the Bucks’ box score, scoring 29 points with five assists, while Middleton added 28 points and seven assists.
The win now has the Warriors at No. 10 in the Western Conference with a 24-27 record and 1.5 games ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans. The Bucs are No. 3 in the East, sitting 2.5 games behind the leading Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers.