MILWAUKEE — Here are five observations from the Warriors’ 105-95 win over the Bucks on Friday night.
1. Defense revved up, momentum building
The Bucks entered Friday night as the league’s most efficient offense, scoring 115.1 points per 100 possessions. They exited with the league’s second-best offense, dropping an entire point (now 114.1) to fall behind the Warriors (a 114.5 rating, per NBA.com/Stats), who have their defense to thank for their rise to the top spot.
Milwaukee had its worst offensive game of the season. The Warriors arrived engaged, in part because they were “embarrassed” by their blowout home loss to the Bucks a couple weeks back, Steve Kerr said.
“They beat us by 50,” Kerr said. “Our guys are competitive. We only play Eastern teams twice. We know which ones have a chance to be in the Finals. You always want to play well against those particular teams.”