The Golden State Warriors NBA-record start ended after 24 wins when they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks 108-95 on Saturday night.
Golden State fell to 24-1. Its 28-game winning streak, counting the final four games of last season, came to a halt. The NBA’s longest winning streak was 33 by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1971-72 — and it was also snapped by Milwaukee.
“We didn’t have it tonight,” interim coach Luke Walton said. “That’s why it is so hard to do what these guys have done so far. It caught up to us.”
“Well, we knew the streak had to end at some point,” the Warriors posted on their Twitter account.
It was the way they lost that was a little surprising. This was no squeaker at the buzzer, but a Bucks runaway at the end.
Greg Monroe scored 28 points for the Bucks, who got the all-around effort needed to beat the defending NBA champions.
“When you talk about the streak, what’s bigger than the streak is they’re the world champs,” coach Jason Kidd said. “And so, for us, we didn’t talk about the streak, it was about playing the world champs.”
It also helped that the Warriors, perhaps fighting fatigue after needing two overtimes to win at Boston on Friday, were cold from 3-point range. They usually make 13 a night, but were just 6 of 26 from behind the arc playing on the final game of a seven-game road trip.
Stephen Curry had 28 points on 10-of-21 shooting from the field, including 2 of 8 from 3-point territory.