Despite playing short-handed, the Golden State Warriors were able to end their longest losing streak of the season.
The Warriors could again be without their two top scorers when they host the struggling Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
With leading scorer Stephen Jackson out with a hand injury and Corey Maggette sidelined due to a strained right hamstring, Golden State (6-15) won 112-102 at Oklahoma City on Monday to snap its nine-game losing streak.
“We didn’t win the world championship but it sure felt like it,” said Warriors coach Don Nelson, who won 540 games with Milwaukee from 1976-87 and remains the winningest coach in Bucks franchise history. “We just found a way. We want to move on and just become a better basketball team.”
Andris Biedrins had 17 points with 21 rebounds and Jamal Crawford scored 19 points for the Warriors, who shot 50.6 percent as seven of the eight players who saw action for them scored in double figures.
“This was a really important game,” said the 6-foot-11 Biedrins, who’s averaging 15.0 points and 12.3 rebounds - both career highs. “Everybody had fun, everybody was sharing the ball like we’re supposed to.”
After playing eight of its last nine games on the road, Golden State returns home trying to win two in a row for just the second time this season, and the first time since Nov. 15-18.
Biedrins, Crawford and the rest of the Warriors may need to pick up the slack again, as Jackson (20.1 ppg) and Maggette (19.1) remain uncertain for Wednesday.
Since arriving from New York via trade, Crawford is averaging 19.5 points in eight games with Golden State, including 22.8 over his last five. Though the veteran guard had just one point in 31 minutes against Milwaukee while with the Knicks last month, he is averaging 21.1 points in his last seven games versus the Bucks.
Golden State swept last season’s two games against Milwaukee after dropping the previous three meetings in the series. Biedrins had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Warriors’ 119-99 win at Milwaukee on Jan. 19 - the teams’ most recent meeting.
Milwaukee (9-14) will try to salvage one win as it plays the finale of its three-game western road trip.
Charlie Villanueva scored 24 points, Michael Redd had 23 and Richard Jefferson added 22 on Tuesday, but the Bucks lost 125-110 at Phoenix on Tuesday - their sixth loss in eight games overall. They allowed the Suns to shoot 58.7 percent from the field.
“Terrible is the first word that comes to mind, but it wasn’t that good,” Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles said. “So come up with something else. We definitely weren’t focused on the defensive end.”
The Bucks have lost five in a row on the road while allowing 109.4 points per game in those defeats.
Redd is averaging 25.4 points in his last 11 games against Golden State. Jefferson scored 65 total points on 55.3 percent shooting in two games versus the Warriors last season while with New Jersey.