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Warriors look to avenge loss to Bucks

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Golden State Warriors at Milwaukee Bucks

  1. Golden State has won back-to-back games, 129-105 against Cleveland and 128-111 against Atlanta. The Warriors have scored at least 110 points in every win except for their season opener. That 16-game streak is their longest since a 22-game streak in 1990-91.
  2. The Bucks are scoring 121.1 points per game this season, best in the NBA and their best through 23 games in franchise history. The last team to average that many through 23 games of the season was the 1990-91 Denver Nuggets (128.2).
  3. Milwaukee beat Golden State on November 8, 134-111. It is still the most the Warriors have allowed this season, and the most they have allowed at home since allowing 141 to Sacramento on April 1, 2009. Milwaukee has won the last two games in the series after Golden State won the four previous games.
  4. Stephen Curry dropped 42 points against the Cavaliers on Wednesday, hitting nine threes. It was his 18th career game with nine or more threes. No other player in NBA history has more than five such games.
  5. Eric Bledsoe led the Bucks with 27 points in their 115-92 win over the Pistons and now has recorded back-to-back 27-point games. The Bucks have a +12.2 point differential per 100 possessions when Bledsoe is on the court compared to +6.4 when he is not.
  6. Of the total number of field-goal attempts the Bucks have taken this season, 44.5 percent of them have been three-point attempts. Only the Rockets (49.1) have a higher percentage in the NBA.

MILWAUKEE -- A month ago, the Milwaukee Bucks handed the Golden State Warriors one of their worst losses of the season, serving notice to the rest of the league that they are for real this season.

The Warriors will get a chance for payback for that 134-111 embarrassment when they visit Milwaukee on Friday for a nationally-televised showdown with the Bucks, who currently own the Eastern Conference's second-best record.

"Definitely they're going to come out and try to get revenge," said Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who spent his 24th birthday Thursday preparing to face the two-time defending NBA campions. "It's going to be a tough game; hopefully, we can get it done."

Golden State was playing without Draymond Green in that contest, and he'll be out again Friday, missing his 11th straight game with a toe injury. But Stephen Curry, who missed most of the second half of that first meeting, will be back in the lineup and is averaging 33.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists while hitting 54.5 percent of his 3-point attempts since returning from that injury three games ago.

"He's coming in and is trying to pick up where he left off," Warriors forward Kevin Durant said. "We're trying to do our best to support that."

Curry scored 42 points with nine rebounds and seven assists Wednesday night in 129-105 victory at Cleveland, looking little like a player who had missed 11 games in a row.

"He keeps himself in amazing shape all season," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "That allows him to come back pretty quickly when there is an injury. He has a pretty good conditioning foundation."

The showdown kicks off a big weekend for the Bucks. They will travel to Toronto after the game in advance of a Sunday afternoon meeting with the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors, starting a back-to-back set that ends Monday at home against Cleveland.

"Everybody knows how good (the Warriors) are and how they test you and the same with Toronto," Milwaukee head coach Mike Budenholzer said. "I think those (tests) are great for a team. You learn from them, really win or lose, what it's going to take to play against the elite teams. I think our guys all look forward to that."

The Bucks have fared well against the league's top teams this season. They're 4-0 against the top three teams in the East after cruising to a victory over the Pistons Wednesday night, and they have a 3-1 mark against the West's top four squads.

But they may have to face the Warriors without Khris Middleton. The team's second-leading scorer was a late scratch against Detroit for what the team called "personal reasons" and no update was given Thursday.

Milwaukee is also expected to be without forward Ersan Ilyasova, who hasn't played since Milwaukee's victory over the Bulls last Wednesday when he was inadvertently hit in the back of the head by teammate Brook Lopez while going up for a rebound on the final play of the game.

Ilyasova has been in the league's concussion protocol ever since but said Wednesday night he was hoping to practice Thursday and return to action soon.

Updated December 7, 2018

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