Bucks 93, Spurs 92
MILWAUKEE (AP)—San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich skipped the replays. He already knew his team had lost.
“It was late,” Popovich said. “It wasn’t good. It was pretty obvious. We left afterward because I knew it wasn’t good. The light came off when it was in his hand.”
Replays showed Duncan still had the ball in his hand when the light atop the backboard was lit, signifying the game was over and giving the Bucks their 13th home win in 14 games.
The crowd and the Bucks players celebrated after official Bennett Salvatore waved off the basket
“Thank God for instant replay,” Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. “It was hard for me to tell with the naked eye, but then I saw the replay. Thank the rules committee for that one.”
Tim Thomas led Milwaukee with 22 points and eight rebounds.
Michael Redd had 21 points for Milwaukee, including a driving basket over Duncan with 21.9 seconds left that proved to be the winner.
Tony Parker scored a season-high 26 points for San Antonio, and Duncan added 22. The Spurs, however, were just 15-of-27 from the free-throw line.
With Milwaukee trailing 92-91, Redd had the ball at the 3-point line when he drove toward the hoop. Duncan cut him off in the lane,but Redd scooped the ball under the center’s outstretched arm and hit the shot.
San Antonio called timeout to set up its final play. Duncan, who had 17 second-half points, had his shot blocked out of bounds by Joe Smith with 2.8 seconds left.
“I tried to force him in one direction,” Smith said. “I knew if I could just cut him off, he’d go up and I would try to make him take a tough shot.”
The Spurs inbounded the ball to Duncan. He drove past Brian Skinner and down the lane for a one-handed dunk that turned out to be a split-second too late.
“Tim tried to dunk it, which actually helped us out,” Redd said. “He could have layed it in but he tried to dunk it. I knew the light went off.”
Parker’s 3-pointer, his fourth of the game, gave San Antonio its first lead of the half, 89-88, with 3:30 to play.
Redd hit a basket as he was falling down just inside the 3-point line for a 90-89 lead with 1:18 remaining.
Robert Horry hit a 3-pointer from the corner to give San Antonio a 92-90 lead with 40 seconds left.
Thomas was then fouled away from the ball, but he made one of two free throws to cut the Spurs’ lead to 92-91 with 35.4 seconds left.
“I hope teams continue to come in and say, ‘Oh, we got Milwaukee. This and that,”’ Thomas said. “I hope every team continues to do that.”
San Antonio jumped out to a 16-2 lead, but Milwaukee went on a 27-5 run to take a 29-21 lead early in the second quarter. … Popovich was called for a technical foul after Duncan was fouled on a dunk with 6:23 left in the game. … Milwaukee is 6-9 against the West. … San Antonio had won its last three games against Milwaukee. The Bucks’ season low for points came in an 89-74 lossin San Antonio on Dec. 28. … The Spurs are 12-11 on the road.