Warriors win at home to avenge defeat by Bucks

LOS ANGELES • Andre Iguodala capped a late seven-point run with a three-pointer as the Golden State Warriors avenged their only loss of the National Basketball Association season with a 121-112 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.

Shooting guard Klay Thompson had a game-high 27 points and Stephen Curry added 26 to go with 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Warriors (26-1) recorded their 30th consecutive home victory dating back to last season.

The win was Golden State's 12th straight at home this season, matching the best home start in franchise history, established by the defending league champions in 1975-76.

The score was tied at 108-108 before Curry scored on a drive with 2:16 to play and added two free throws 20 seconds later.

Iguodala then bombed in his three-pointer from the left corner, giving the Warriors - who saw a 24-game, season-opening winning streak end in a 108-95 defeat at Milwaukee on Saturday - a 115-108 lead with 1:21 remaining.

"We were very public about the fact that we wanted to get revenge but then we didn't come out and play with that edge and that mentality," Warriors interim coach Luke Walton said.

"They (the Bucks) came out and wanted a piece of the champs, and we weren't fighting back."

Point guard Michael Carter-Williams had 24 points for the Bucks, who forged double-digit leads on two occasions before suffering a fifth loss in their last six games.

After leading by as many as 15 points in the third period, the Bucks held a 100-89 advantage in the fifth minute of the fourth quarter before the Warriors rallied.

The hosts seized the lead for the first time since the first quarter when Festus Ezeli's dunk with 5:11 to go made it 103-102.

Bucks tied it three times after that but never led again.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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