The Golden State Warriors were driven to win against the Milwaukee Bucks due to the embarrassment of a humbling home defeat in November, Klay Thompson and Steve Kerr revealed.
The Bucks triumphed 134-111 at Oracle Arena last month, but it was a different story in Milwaukee on Friday as the Warriors came out 105-95 winners on the road.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each put up 20 points and the latter confirmed the teams' previous meeting was used as a source of motivation for Golden State.
"We were embarrassed," Thompson told reporters. "We got smacked at home. That's never fun.
"I thought we came out and played great tonight on both sides. Other than our high turnovers, we played amazing basketball. That's how I feel."
Coach Kerr believes the Warriors played "10 times harder" than in that prior defeat and had a similar explanation to Thompson for the champions' improvement.