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Bucks dominate Warriors in rare Xmas hosting

 By Girald Gaston

Warriors superstar Steph Curry and Bucks superstar Kris Middleton (PHOTO: Sportsnaut)

Milwaukee Bucks made the most out of its first Christmas home game in over half a century.

Khris Middleton took charge to lead the home team's blowout against struggling Golden State Warriors, 138-99, Friday afternoon at Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee.

Middleton and company caught fire from beyond the arc right from the get go, and continued the mastery over the skidding Warriors to notch a wire-to-wire Holiday victory at their home since 1968.

The Bucks star swished six of Milwaukee's 20 total treys, to finish off with a game-high 31 points, in 67 percent accuracy from the field. He followed up his decent 27-point output in their first outing, to have a total of 58 markers, most in Bucks.

"The weeks before the season, I just tried to put in good work, work on my game," Middleton said. "So far, it's been working for me."

Two-time reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had 15 points and 13 rebounds, but continued his shooting woes as he shot 4 of 15 from the floor and 7 of 15 from the foul line. Donte DiVincenzo and D.J. Augustin each added 13 for Milwaukee while Holiday chipped 12 and Bobby Portis scored 10.

Bucks was plus 30 from downtown over Warriors, who shot its triple with subpar 22 percent. The visiting team is still missing the service of the other half of splash brothers Klay Thompson, who suffered Achilles injury before the season.

Warriors absorbed its second straight lopsided defeat in the season, and totaled a 65-point margin after the 26-point rout of Nets in season opener. The disadvantage was the second worst behind Los Angeles Clippers' 71 points from 1987-1988 edition of NBA.

Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr showed his disappointment after the game, and took the blame as they had a short practice before the season.

"The thing I was most disappointed in is we just had two good days of practice with our execution working on getting in our offense and making hard cuts and reads, and we did not execute much of anything," Kerr said. "It was kind of scattered and disorganized. I'm disappointed in that. I've got to take the blame for that. I'm the head coach."

The veteran-rookie combo of Golden State was not enough, as Stephen Curry and James Wiseman just combined for 37 points. Andrew Wiggins added 12, while Jordan Poole and Brad Wanamaker had 11 each.

Bucks will open its three-game road trip against New York Knicks on Sunday. Warriors, meanwhile, will visit the Chicago Bulls on same night, as they continue to be away at their home court since January 1.


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