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MILWAUKEE – To become the class of the NBA, the Warriors staked their offensive philosophy on rudimentary arithmetic: three-pointers are worth more than two.
But Golden State is actually hoisting fewer than its most of its peers. In their 105-95 Victory Friday night over the Bucks at Fiserv Forum, the Warriors showed why they revolutionized the art of the deep ball, chucking up a season-high 46 three-point tries – and making 19 of them – to close their five -city trip with a three-game winning streak.
Steve Kerr, who has spent much of the past week lamenting his team's paltry number of three-point attempts.
A couple of years ago, their 29.5 three-point tries per game would have been among the league's best. Now it's just good enough for 19th.
"It just that, that's what's there," Kerr said of the three-pointers. Andre (Iguodala), Jonas (Jerebko) and whoever else to make shots. "When (the Bucks) beat us at Oracle a few weeks ago. Those guys were ready and knocked down them. "
In a crucial six-minute stretch that spanned the third and fourth quarters, Golden State shot 6-for-9 from beyond the arc to pull away from the Bucks. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson finished the 4-for-9 from three-point range on the warriors made almost eight more threes than their season average.
Three golden-haired Golden State drivers, they were the ruin of a Milwaukee team trying to catch Toronto for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks were a combined 7-for-39 (17.9 percent) from beyond the arc.
Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetotkounmpo, not a long-range marksman, tried to win his team to win. Jehovko defending him.
"I expected to take a few charges," said Iguodala, "but I was not expecting that many. "
The Warriors took the lead for good late in the third quarter, when Curry's three-pointer put them up 75-74 and held a 12-2 run by the Bucks. It did not hurt that, after committing 13 first-half turnovers, Golden State only had five in the second.
In 28 minutes, forward Iguodala scored a season-high 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting to go with eight rebounds. Curry (20 points), Thompson (20 points) and Jerebko (12) helped lift the Warriors out of stagnant stretches Kevin Durant labored. In 37 minutes, he posted nearly as many turnovers (seven) as points (11).
After a drama-filled first six weeks of the season, Golden State appears to be finding its footing. It follows up back-to-back losses with wins in Atlanta, Cleveland and Milwaukee.
And now, three-pointers – supposedly one of the Warriors' biggest assets – are becoming a factor again. It also only helps that Draymond Green, who has missed extended time with a spelled right toe, could be back as soon as Monday's game against Minnesota. DeMarcus's cousins (torn left Achilles tendon) should return within the month.
Asked whether Golden State was building momentum, Thompson said, "It's building. It's building like a … I do not know it's building really well. "
Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: email@example.com Twitter: @Con_Chron