SAN ANTONIO (AP)—The best home record in the NBA belongs to the San Antonio Spurs, whose 18th victory in 19 home games wasn’t all that difficult.
“It was a good win for us,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “We played good defense and a lot of people participated. It’s important for us to involve everybody. It’s a very unselfish group.”
“We are pretty happy with tonight’s effort,” said Parker, who also dished out eight assists. “It was a good team effort. We just tried to close the game out tonight. We didn’t do a very good job against Utah, and we wanted to be better tonight.”
“The biggest difference in this Spurs team than perhaps in the past is they have gotten so much more athletic on the perimeter,” Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. “They have guys like Ginobili and Bruce Bowen who can put it on the floor. That’s a huge difference. It allows them to get more open opportunities in the open court, more points in transition.”
Leading 49-40 at halftime, San Antonio opened the third quarter with a 14-6 run and led 63-46 after Ginobili’s layup with 6:13 to play in the quarter.
Behind Redd, who scored the final five points, Milwaukee closed the third quarter with an 8-0 run and trailed 74-64 going to the final period.
The Bucks cut the Spurs’ lead to 76-70 after a jump shot by Mike James with 9:04 to play.
“I could really feel a change in the way we played tonight versus last night against Atlanta,” Redd said. “We were more aggressive and we were more intense. We had a good team effort tonight. You always want to win of course, but at least out of this one we can take in the fact that we competed well against a great team.”
After San Antonio answered with a 7-4 run, Milwaukee closed to 83-75 on Redd’s jump shot with 5:08 remaining. Parker then ignited a 7-0 run with a 3-point field goal and driving layup as the Spurs stretched the lead to 90-75 with 3:26 to play.
Milwaukee got no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
The NBA’s top defensive team, San Antonio held the Bucks to 41.3 percent shooting from the floor.
“First and foremost we are a defensive team,” Bowen said. “In preparation for our next few games, we need to get back to business. We allowed teams to shoot over 48 percent in a lot of our losses and that’s not us, we understand that.”
With Duncan shooting 9-for-19 from the floor, San Antonio outscored Milwaukee 44-34 in the paint.
“Tony Massenburg had a lot of energy in the first half,” said Popovich of his little-used center who added six points in the second quarter. “He played good defense for us and scored a little. That helped us get the lead at the half.”
Behind nine points and seven rebounds from Duncan, San Antonio led 49-40 at halftime. The Spurs outscored Milwaukee 27-17 in the second quarter.
Tim Duncan ended one rebound shy of his 27th double-double.<