MILWAUKEE — Not even the polar vortex can cool off the Golden State Warriors.
Breaking open a tight game with a dominant third quarter, the Warriors beat the lowly Milwaukee Bucks, 101-80, for their 10th straight victory Tuesday night, the club's longest win streak since the 1975-76 season.
The Warriors (24-13) also upped their record to 6-0 on their current season-long seven-game road trip. If they can complete the sweep Wednesday night in Brooklyn against the Nets, they will become the first NBA team to ever go undefeated on a road trip of seven games or longer.
David Lee, coming off being named NBA Player of the Week, scored 22 points on 10 of 12 shooting and added 18 rebounds to lead the Warriors. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each scored 15 points, while Andrew Bogut scored eight with 12 rebounds in his return to Milwaukee, which has been beset by sub-zero temperatures the past two days.
Golden State led 50-48 at half despite 12 turnovers that resulted in 17 Milwaukee points. But the Warriors turned up the defense and efficiency in the third quarter and outscored the NBA's worst team 27-9 to open the period for a 77-57 lead with 3:53 to go in the period.
The Bucks (7-27) scrapped back to within eight in the fourth quarter but could get no closer. Golden State, which won for the first time in Milwaukee since 2008, limited the hosts to 38.8 percent shooting.
A win in Brooklyn would also tie the Warriors' longest-ever franchise win streak at 11, established by the 1971-72 team.