The Associated PressMILWAUKEE (AP) — Klay Thompson sidestepped two defenders to get an open look, hit a 3-pointer from the wing and then coolly walked toward the baseline to guard the next inbounds pass.
The Golden State Warriors taught the Milwaukee Bucks a lesson about hitting 3s and playing D.
Thompson and Stephen Curry each scored 20 points and hit 4 of 9 from beyond the arc, and the Warriors wrapped up a five-game trip with a 105-95 victory on Friday night for their third straight win.
Andre Iguodala added a season-high 15 points for Golden State, which pulled away in the second half with another hot stretch from the 3-point line. The Warriors went 6 of 9 from beyond the arc in a roughly six-minute period that started with Curry’s 3 with three minutes left in the third quarter to build an 11-point lead.
The Warriors shot 41 percent (19 of 46) from long distance against the Bucks, the league’s highest-scoring team. The Bucks were just 7 of 39 (18 percent) from 3-point territory.
“Defense hasn’t been that great, so it’s good to finally put together a game where we hold an opponent to a not-so-great 3-point percentage,” Thompson said. “That did feel really good, I’m not going to lie.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Malcom Brogdon added 15 points.
But Milwaukee couldn’t keep up with Golden State’s barrage, missing too many 3s in spite of scoring 26 points off 18 turnovers.
Cavs reacquire Dellavedova
CLEVELAND (AP) — Matthew Dellavedova is coming back to the Cavaliers. He won’t recognize them.
Cleveland reacquired the popular, scrappy guard on Friday in a three-team trade with the Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards.
The Cavaliers also received forward John Henson and 2021 first- and second-round picks from Milwaukee, and a 2022 second-rounder from Washington. The Cavs sent guard George Hill and a 2021 second-round selection to the Bucks, and forward Sam Dekker to the Wizards. Milwaukee also got forward Jason Smith from Washington.
Affectionately known to Cleveland fans as “Delly,” Dellavedova was a key member of the Cavs’ 2016 title team before he signed with the Bucks later that summer. He’s not the same player, and the Cavs are far from being the same team, but his return will soften what has been a difficult season.
Cleveland is just 5-20 and rebuilding in the wake of LeBron James’ departure last summer.