OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry had counted on staying healthy after injuries limited him to 51 games last season. Everything was going according to plan — until Thursday night.
Curry left with a leg injury and the Golden State Warriors were unable to recover in a 134-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks that snapped their eight-game winning streak.
The Warriors were already missing All-Star Draymond Green, and then lost Curry midway through the third quarter. Curry strained the adductor muscle in his left leg and went to the locker room shortly thereafter. He did not return.
Curry grabbed at his inner thigh after trying to contest Bledsoe’s shot in transition at the 6:50 mark of the third. He was receiving treatment postgame and is expected to have an MRI on Friday.
“He seems good to me; I’ve got to talk to him tomorrow and see how he’s doing,” teammate Kevin Durant said. “Hopefully he’s doing well.”
Eric Bledsoe scored seven straight points during Milwaukee’s big third quarter and finished with 26. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists as the Bucks handed the Warriors their first defeat at home this season.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 24 points and Durant had 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.
Curry scored 10 points in his second straight game below 20 after getting at least 23 in every game previously — including five 30-point performances and a 51-point outing in three quarters. He dished out six assists in 26 minutes.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said his players took the floor with “mindless intent” and then hurt themselves with foul trouble.
“Sometimes you’ve got to get hit in the mouth in this league to remind you how hard it is to win a game,” he said.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 20 points and Khris Middleton had 17 points and six assists as Milwaukee (9-2) won for the second straight time at Oracle Arena after a 116-107 victory on March 29.
“To come in here and play the defending champs and have a win like this, it’s huge,” Brogdon said. “It’s huge for our confidence. I think it sends a message around the league, but regardless we have to continue to play hard every night and play on both ends.”
Antetokounmpo had 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block by halftime as the Bucks led 64-51 at the break.
Golden State (10-2) is still tied for the second-best start in franchise history behind the 2015-16 team that began 24-0. The Warriors dropped to 6-1 at home.
“They just played hungrier than us,” Thompson said. “It was just an ugly night at the office.”