The Milwaukee Bucks led the Warriors 77-38 at halftime, thanks to the Greek Freak’s dominant display.
The Warriors entered the contest with a 30-10 record, which put them as the second seed in the Western Conference behind the Phoenix Suns. As for the Bucks, they came into the game 26-17, as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.
With both teams having championship aspirations, many expected the marquee matchup to be a high-octane, competitive game. Two quarters in, it turned out to be the exact opposite. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. absolutely decimated the Warriors, going into halftime with a 39-point lead.
77-38 at the half. pic.twitter.com/gYB5ZUxI1m
— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 14, 2022
The icing on the cake was when Bobby Portis beat the halftime buzzer and hit Stephen Curry’s signature shimmy.
Bobby Portis at the buzzer and hits the shimmy 🚨🤣pic.twitter.com/EC93pw0CGX
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 14, 2022
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The Warriors halftime deficit of 39 points is their largest since the 1962-63 season
The Warriors usually have a bad first half, an excellent third quarter and then a comeback in the final 12 minutes. However, only one of those statements came true against the Bucks. The Dubs had their worst half of the season, trailing by 39.
As a result, it was the Warriors’ largest deficit at intermission since the franchise moved to California in 1962-63. Luckily for the Dubs, they cut a bit of the deficit in the second half and avoided the worst defeat in franchise history.
The Bucks lead the Warriors 77-38 at the half.
That 39 point halftime deficit is the largest the Warriors have trailed by since the franchise moved to California in 1962-63.
Giannis and Portis combined to score 40 points, more than the Warriors entire team. pic.twitter.com/SzCTdHpakZ
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 14, 2022
Giannis Antetokounmpo absolutely destroyed the Warriors, ending the night 30-12-11 triple-double and making a strong case for MVP this season. His sidekick, Khris Middleton, also had an impressive outing, finishing with 23-5-7 in 30 minutes of action.
Meanwhile, for the Warriors, Stephen Curry continued his shooting slump, going 2/6 from three, and ending with a measly 12 points.
Golden State will look to put this beatdown behind them and quickly move on. They will try to snap their 2-game winning streak when they go up against the high-flying Chicago Bulls in their next matchup.