Bucks can’t keep pace with Warriors

Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova (7) and center Zaza Pachulia (27) reach for a rebound against Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) in the first quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday night.

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MILWAUKEE — The Golden State Warriors achieved two impressive milestones with another double-digit win on the road.

Now it’s a matter of staying healthy and feeling good going into the postseason for the team with the best record in the NBA.

Stephen Curry scored 25 points, and the Warriors clinched the top seed in the Western Conference by pulling away in the second half of a 108-95 victory on Saturday night over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Klay Thompson added 21 for Golden State, which also set a franchise record with its 60th victory of the season. The Warriors hold a 10-game lead over second-place Memphis in the West with nine games left in the regular season.

"Wins and losses might not matter when it comes to the standings but we want to win as many games as possible and we want to feel good about how we’re going into the playoffs," Curry said. "That’s the test for us over these next nine games."

Khris Middleton had 14 points for Milwaukee, which fell back under .500 at 36-37 after winning two straight.

The young Bucks forced 22 turnovers. But they don’t have sweet-shooting difference-makers like Thompson and Curry in the backcourt.

"You can see how they have a feel for one another. They both can shoot the ball extremely well. One is in foul trouble and the other one picks it up," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. "You always have to be concerned with those two on the floor."

The smooth Thompson scored 17 in the third quarter to help the Warriors pull away after the Bucks got within 57-50 on Middleton’s jumper with 8:25 left in the period.

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Thompson followed with a 3 from the left wing. The guard turned with a stoic face as he walked slowly back to the bench after the Bucks called timeout.

The Warriors won their 10th straight with another impressive performance on defense and from behind the arc. They finished 12 of 25 from 3-point range, including 6 of 9 from Curry.

"With their commitment to each other, and to the work, enjoy, and it’s been so much fun," coach Steve Kerr said. "It’s great to kind of rack up these milestones as we go."

Milwaukee did manage to slice a 19-point deficit to 11 a few times in the fourth quarter. John Henson’s bucket with 8:06 left got Milwaukee within 84-73.

But Curry followed with a long 3 that had fans at the Bradley Center sighing. Once again, Curry’s range helped put a game out of reach for a Golden State opponent.