San Antonio (46-18) is trying to win 14 consecutive games for the first time since a franchise-record 17-game run from Feb. 29-March 31, 1996. The club hasn’t lost since a 100-85 defeat at Miami on Feb. 11.
The Spurs extended the longest active winning streak in the NBA to 13 games Tuesday with a 93-84 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, as Tony Parker scored 25 points and Tim Duncan added 19 and nine rebounds. The 13-game streak is tied for the third-longest in team history.
With two more victories, San Antonio can match its 15-game winning streak from March 14-April 9, 1995.
“It would mean more if we won 14,” Duncan said Tuesday. “And if we win 14, then 15. You just want to win the next one. That’s what it’s about.
“We’re not looking at the standings yet. It will figure itself out. We’re just worried about ourselves right now. Just trying to play our best basketball. We’re just trying to get better as a basketball team, so when the playoffs start, we feel we can win games night in and night out.”
The standings have San Antonio third in the Western Conference, trailing only Phoenix and Southwest Division-leading Dallas. The Spurs are outscoring opponents by an average of 15.4 points during the winning streak, while only allowing four teams to reach the 90-point mark.
San Antonio, which lost 114-107 to Milwaukee on Dec. 26 when Michael Redd scored 36 points for the Bucks, is trying to avoid getting swept in the season series for the first time since 2001-02.
The Bucks (23-41), who are in last in the Central Division, will have a new coach for this contest. Milwaukee fired Terry Stotts on Wednesday, promoting Larry Krystkowiak from assistant coach to replace him.
The 42-year-old Krystkowiak joined Milwaukee’s staff last June after guiding the University of Montana to two straight NCAA tournament appearances.
“Becoming an NBA head coach was my number one goal when I went into coaching and I welcome the challenges that lie ahead of me,” said Krystkowiak, who played in nine seasons in the NBA, including four in Milwaukee. “This team has a great deal of potential and I’m eager to more forward.”
Milwaukee has dealt with a spate of injuries, including the loss of Redd - the team’s top scorer at 27.1 points per game - for 20 games. The Bucks went 3-17 without him.
Even since Redd’s return, the Bucks have gone only 4-7. They lost 108-93 to Toronto on Monday, falling to 1-2 on a season-high seven-game homestand.
Andrew Bogut was ejected from the defeat after he committed a flagrant foul on the Raptors’ Chris Bosh in the final minute. On the way to the locker room, the top pick in the 2005 draft made an obscene gesture towards the fans, for which the league fined him $25,000 on Wednesday.