Stephen Curry, hands on his hips and sweat dripping down his forehead, looked stunned as he flipped his eyes toward the scoreboard in the final seconds.
Bucks 108, Warriors 95.
Golden State – after a 24-0 start and 28 straight wins dating back to last season – suffered its first lost of the season in Milwaukee tonight.
The Warriors, who posted the second longest win streak in NBA history, fell nine games short of the 1971-72 Lakers’ 33-game record. The Lakers also saw their streak snapped by the Bucks, and Milwaukee fans – many of whom wore “24-1” shirts – buzzed as their team again denied history.
Golden State overcame a 12-point deficit in the first half and cut a subsequent 14-point deficit to only one. But the Warriors ultimately just couldn’t stop Greg Monroe, who scored 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds.
The loss eliminates Golden State from more minor accomplishments, like the first 7-0 road trip in NBA history. But topping the 72-10 1995-96 Bulls for the best-ever record remains very much in play.
Now, the Warriors, who’ve expended a lot of energy to win all these games, can proceed with a little less pressure. Not every game will feel like a must-win.
The Bucks played with that type of urgency tonight, though – and that’s why Golden State finally succumbed.