Warriors 95, Bucks 86
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Finally, the Warriors treated their new court like home.
``To make this a home-court advantage, we have to get people excited,″ said Warriors coach Rick Adelman, after Golden State held Milwaukee to 35 second-half points in a 95-86 victory Thursday night.
``If guys go out there and bust their tails like they did tonight, it’s going to get people a lot more excited.″
The Warriors were 0-3 in the San Jose Arena, their home court this season while the Oakland Coliseum undergoes renovation. It seemed headed for 0-4 after the Bucks shot out to a 51-43 halftime lead.
``It’s tough for us to lose this, because we thought we had the game in hand,″ said Milwaukee’s Vin Baker, whose 32 points were game and season highs. ``They came out defensively in the second half and we didn’t respond, and that’s the story of the game.″
The Bucks lost for only the second time in seven games.
``Our guys don’t feel too good right now,″ said Milwaukee coach Chris Ford. ``Which is good, because you shouldn’t feel too good when you let one like this slip away.″
Leading 79-78 with 7:50 to play, the Warriors went on a 10-0 run over the next four minutes. Six of those points came from journeyman forward Andrew DeClercq, playing his first game of the season.
Joe Smith’s 15-footer with 3:55 left put the Warriors up 89-78, and the Bucks got no closer than nine thereafter.
Latrell Sprewell and Smith each scored 26 points for the Warriors. Smith added nine rebounds.
The Warriors outscored the Bucks 12-4 to open the third quarter and pull into a 55-55 tie. They finally took the lead when DeClercq’s free throw with 1.4 seconds left in the third quarter made it 71-70.
The Warriors built an 11-point lead in the first quarter, only to see it quickly vanish when the Bucks went on a 15-4 tear, capped by Sherman Douglas’ 3-pointer.
Milwaukee extended its lead to 51-43 at halftime.
Baker went 8-for-10 and scored 18 points in the first half, 14 in the first quarter.
NOTES: Baker is averaging 31 points in his last three games. ... The Warriors attempted just one free throw in the first half, a franchise record low. Sprewell missed it. ... Golden State officially placed center Jon Koncak, out for the season with knee surgery, on the injured list and activated DeClerq. Koncak was required to stay on the active roster five games after being traded with Felton Spencer and Donald Royal from Orlando for Rony Seikaly. ... The Warriors held the Bucks to .375 (15-for-40) shooting and 35 points in the second half.