Two of the NBA’s best teams, two of the top contenders for the title come this summer, took the court on Thursday night and they each went down with a whimper. Those two teams were the Golden State Warriors and the Brooklyn Nets. The Warriors lost to the Milwaukee Bucks, the reigning champions by a score of 118-99. The win, as usual for the Bucks, was down to the genius of Giannis. The Greek Freak scored 30 points while also dishing out 11 assists and grabbing 12 rebounds for a massive triple-double that saw his team easily skip their way past the Warriors’ threat at home.
He didn’t even have to play more than 30 minutes to record those numbers, either, further underlining the downright dominance on display in this affair. The win stopped a two-game skid for Milwaukee, and it was also notable due to the fact that they held Steph Curry to just 12 points in 29 minutes of action. Golden State might be improved this season, but they simply won’t win very much without their main man producing more than that. Elsewhere, another contender was getting blown out, too, as the Brooklyn Nets went down the Oklahoma City Thunder 130-109. OKC is in a rebuild, but they continue to show promise in spurts with the talent of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander emerging. He had 33 points and ten rebounds (falling just one assist short of a triple-double of his own to match Giannis) to take his team to 14-27 on the year and earn them a rare road win over the Nets. Luguentz Dort put up 27 to help him while Josh Giddey had a career-high 19 to chip into the cause. Kevin Durant did not suit up for the Nets, now 26-15, but James Harden played and had 26 points in defeat.