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MILWAUKEE – More than 1,000 games in his NBA career make Andre Iguodala a master of self-preservation. The 34-year-old, with a sore back, Achilles tendon and a knee, tends to give just enough in the regular season to be at his best in the playoffs.
But since Kevin Durant did not live up to his usual brilliance on Friday night and Stephen Curry, Iguodala recognized his dedication and tested the limits of his best time in the Warriors' 105-95 victory over the Bucks at the Fiserv Forum. In 28 minutes, he scored in the 6:10 shooting a season's height of 15 points and eight rebounds.
Along the way, Iguodala showed athletics that contradicts his age. He was fully exhausted less than three minutes after the game and crossed the traffic before knocking down a one-hand dark. Then, in the third quarter, Iguodala fished a pass under the edge, dribbled once hard, lured two defenders to early block attempts and went to the reverse dunk.
More important than any single highlight, however, was the power that Iguodala provided. None of the 17 sales of Golden State was his. Whenever the warriors stagnated, he was there to provide a timely game. After Milwaukee slashed the game at 62:62 in the middle of the third quarter, Iguodala hit a three-pointer and hit home, allowing an 8-0 sprint.
In the fourth round, Golden State spread the floor, lining up stops and retreating from a Bucks team that finished second in the Eastern Conference standings on Friday. The Milwaukee striker, Giannis Antetokounmpo – a former NBA MVP frontrunner – was five seven points below his season average.
It did not matter that Durant worked as a warrior through one of his worst shooting evenings.
In 37 minutes, he scored only 11 points in a 3: 14 (1: 6 from 3-point) shooting when he recorded seven sales. Two days after he broke 42 points in Cleveland, Curry fought (20 points, eight assists) until he was in the rhythm of the second half.
This golden state was still hitting one of the best teams of the East on the road – at the end of a five-city journey – that was underlined – and just emphasizing that he was resourceful. The defenders of the warriors could not solve the defensive defense of the warriors. They were only 7 out of 39 from the three-point area.
In addition to Iguodala's solid performance, Golden State received important contributions from Klay Thompson (20 points) and Jonas Jerebeko (12 points). Thompson and Iguodala joined curry with four three-hands a night on a night in which the warriors joined 19 times from the depths.
Connor Letourneau is an associate of San Francisco Chronicle. E-mail: email@example.com. Twitter: @Con_Chron