MILWAUKEE – Golden State forward David Lee is making his presence felt and giving a team with many weapons another dimension.
His play of late has reached All-Star caliber, Warriors coach Mark Jackson insisted after watching Lee lead Golden State to its 10th consecutive win Tuesday night, the Warriors longest streak since the 1975-76 season and one short of the franchise record of 11 wins in a row during the 1971-72 campaign.
Fresh off of being named the Western Conference Player of the Week, Lee dominated around the basket, scoring 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting and grabbing 18 rebounds to spark the Warriors to a 101-80 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.
“I’ve said all along that (Stephen) Curry is an All-Star, there’s no question about that. But the way that David Lee has played the last 15 ball games, he’s an All-Star,” Jackson said. “He has separated himself.”
Lee hit his first nine shots from the field and recorded his 21st double-double of the season.
“I’m trying to be more aggressive and I think our team needs me to be more aggressive in the paint,” Lee said.
Curry contributed 15 points for the Warriors despite connecting on just 5 of 18 shots. Klay Thompson also scored 15 points, on 6-of-18 shooting.
Golden State center Andrew Bogut, who had 12 rebounds and eight points, said he and Lee stress the importance of rebounding each time they take the court. The Warriors outrebounded the Bucks 54-37.
Golden State played its sixth game of a seven-city road trip that concludes Wednesday night in Brooklyn. The Warriors are trying to become the first team in NBA history to go undefeated on a road trip of seven or more games.
“It’s this close so we’re going to chase history,” Jackson said. “My guys have paid the price and I’m incredibly proud of them.”
Golden State led by just two at the half against the Bucks, who have the NBA’s worst record.
The Warriors broke open the game with a 23-7 run to start the third quarter, highlighted by a step-back 3-pointer from the corner by Curry.
The Warriors led 79-68 heading into the fourth quarter.
Cavaliers 111, 76ers 92
In Cleveland, C.J. Miles set a team record with 10 3-pointers and scored a season-high 34 points, leading the Cavaliers to a win over Philadelphia.
Spurs 110, Grizzlies 108 (OT)
In Memphis, Manu Ginobili scored on a driving layup with 1.8 seconds left in overtime, lifting San Antonio to the road win.
Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 24 points.
Jazz 112, Thunder 101
In Salt Lake City, Gordon Hayward scored a career-high 37 points, including Utah’s final 17 points, to help the Jazz overcome Kevin Durant’s 48 points and beat Oklahoma City.
Heat 107, Pelicans 88
In Miami, LeBron James scored 32 points and Dwyane Wade had 22 to power the Heat to the win.
Pacers 86, Raptors 79
In Indianapolis, Roy Hibbert scored 22 points and Danny Granger matched his season high with 13, helping Indiana to its third consecutive win.
Mavericks 110, Lakers 97
In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and the Mavericks avoided their longest home losing streak in 14 years.
Knicks 89, Pistons 85
In New York, Carmelo Anthony scored 13 of his 34 points in the third quarter, and then made the clinching free throws with 2.9 seconds left as the Knicks handed Detroit a season-high fifth straight loss.
Bulls 92, Suns 87
In Chicago, Taj Gibson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bulls won their first game after parting with Luol Deng.
Wizards 97, Bobcats 83
In Charlotte, Bradley Beal scored 21 points, and Washington had five players score in double figures in the victory.
Kings 123, Blazers 119
In Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and 13 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 32 points and the Kings held off a furious rally to beat Portland.
Damian Lillard scored 26 of his 41 points in the final period to pull the Blazers within two in the final minute.
Nuggets 129, Celtics 98
In Denver, Randy Foye scored a season-high 23 points, connecting on seven 3s and the Nuggets routed Boston for their third straight win after an eight-game losing streak.