Kevin Durant Leads Warriors to Win over Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Eric Bledsoe during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Morry Gash/Associated Press

The Golden State Warriors held off a Milwaukee Bucks second-half rally to earn a 108-94 victory on Friday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. 

With Stephen Curry out for the second straight game because of an ankle injury, Kevin Durant led the way by scoring 26 points for Golden State. The Bucks were able to keep things interesting, erasing a 63-49 halftime deficit to take a four-point lead in the fourth quarter. 

The Warriors got back on track in the final 12 minutes, though, outscoring Milwaukee 28-12, which helped them avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time in the 2017-18 NBA season. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo did everything in his power to keep the Bucks in the contest with 23 points and seven rebounds, but the Warriors defense held the team to 42.4 percent shooting from the field.                 

Martenzie Johnson of The Undefeated jokingly highlighted Milwaukee’s start to the game as evidence it could hang with the Warriors: