OAKLAND -– Stephen Curry spent Wednesday night on a search. He was searching for teammates, which he frequently found. He was searching for his shot, which did not locate until fourth quarter.
It just so happens that's also when the Warriors intensified their defense.
As for Draymond Green, well, he was on the job all evening.
The result was the Warriors posting a 102-93 victory over the pesky Milwaukee Bucks before the 109th consecutive sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.
Green, celebrating his 25th birthday, scored a game-high 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and picked up five assists.
Curry entered the fourth quarter with seven points before scoring nine in a 65-second span of the fourth quarter and totaling 12 in the quarter.
Shaun Livingston, playing extended fourth-quarter minutes, finished with 16 points and six assists, while playing superb defense down the stretch.
The Warriors (47-12) trailed by as much as seven (60-53) in the third quarter before locking down on defense and holding Milwaukee to 40 points in the second half.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Michael Carter-Williams each scored 16 points to lead Milwaukee (32-29), which was playing its second game in two nights.
This one is a three-way tie. Livingston gets a piece for providing a massive lift off the bench, Curry for setting up teammates early and finding his range late and Green for being stellar in every aspect except free throw shooting.
In addition to his points and rebounds and assists, Green added three steals and three blocked shots.
Livingston scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, as the Warriors rallied.
Curry drilled four treys overall in the fourth quarter, the last one coming with 1:56 to play, pushing the score to 100-87 and crushing the Bucks.
Leading 72-71 after three quarters, the Warriors opened the fourth quarter with a 13-4 -– featuring three Curry 3-point bombs -– taking an 85-75 lead with 9:13 to go and forcing Milwaukee to call timeout.
Which didn’t help, as the Warriors tacked on 4 more unanswered points to go up 89-75 with 7:36 to play.
The Bucks never got closer than eight (95-87, 2:33 left) the rest of the way.
G Leandro Barbosa (upper respiratory viral infection) was listed as questionable. The veteran guard dressed but did not play.
The Warriors return to action Friday night, when the Dallas Mavericks visit Oracle Arena.