LOS ANGELES: The Golden State Warriors suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) with a shocking 108-95 loss to the last-place Milwaukee Bucks, halting their season-opening win streak at 24 games.
The stunning defeat came at the end of a grueling seven-game road trip for the weary Warriors, who needed a double overtime marathon to beat the Boston Celtics on Friday and extend the streak to 28 straight regular season wins dating back to last season.
“Losing sucks even if you are 24-1,” said Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton of the loss to the lowly Bucks.
The Warriors fell just five wins shy of equaling the NBA all-time record of 33 straight victories set by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1971-72 season.
“Nobody wanted to see it come to an end,” said Golden State guard Stephen Curry. “Thirty three wins were within our grasp.”
Golden States’ win streak stands as the second longest in league history, and the longest to start a season. It has been 2 1/2 weeks since they set the record for the best start in history at 16-0.
In a strange twist of flashback fate, the Bucks were also the team that ended the Lakers’ streak with a 120-104 victory on January 9, 1972.
Reigning NBA MVP Curry paced the Warriors’ attack with team high 28 points in front of a crowd of 18,700 at Harris Bradley Center arena in Mil¬waukee, Wisconsin.
Both clubs were playing the back end of consecutive Friday-Saturday contests.
But Bucks were able to battle through the fatigue better than Golden State, who were hoping to become the first NBA team to sweep a seven-game road trip.
Golden State knew it wouldn’t be easy as they were coming off their most trying contest of the season, a hard-fought 124-119 win over the Celtics in Boston.