Spurs 117, Bucks 110By Andrew Wagner, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Wed, Jan 2, 2013 10:40 PM EST
MILWAUKEE -- Tim Duncan had 28 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to lead the San Antonio to a 117-110 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. Duncan hit 11 of 20 shots, pacing a San Antonio offensive attack that made 46 of 89 shots from the field (51.7 percent) and hit nine of 17 3-pointers. Tony Parker pitched in with 23 points and 11 assists, and Manu Ginobili added 16 points as the Spurs won their seventh in a row. The Bucks struggled to keep up with the Spurs despite shooting 48.9 percent for the game. Milwaukee got 31 points from Brandon Jennings and 18 and eight assists from Monta Ellis. Off the bench, John Henson scored 20 and Mike Dunleavy Jr. had 19 for Milwaukee. However, 16 turnovers and a 5-of-17 effort from beyond the arc proved too much to overcome as the Bucks lost their second straight. The Spurs' precision pick-and-roll game buried the Bucks by as many as 21 points late in the second quarter. Duncan scored 20 first-half points on 7-of-12 shooting, and San Antonio shot 61 percent (28 of 46) from the field and five of seven 3-pointers. Milwaukee tried to keep pace, but nine first-half turnovers and an inability to compete in the paint were leading factors in creating a 17-point halftime deficit. After falling behind by 21 in the third, the Bucks had a quick hot stretch late in the period, cutting the lead to 12 with under a minute to play. They had the chance to get within 10, but after Dunleavy forced a Manu Ginobli turnover, Dunleavy made a bad pass, and the Spurs led 93-81 through three. The Bucks mounted another late rally in the fourth. Jennings hit a jumper with 10 minutes left to bring Milwaukee within double digits, but the Spurs answered with a Danny Green 3-pointer. After Dunleavy missed on a 3-point attempt, Duncan found Tiago Splitter underneath for a layup to make it 99-85 San Antonio. Following another Milwaukee misfire from beyond the arc, the Spurs got a 3-pointer from Parker to make it a 102-85 game with 8:32 left. NOTES: Milwaukee point guard Beno Udrih was held out of the game with a sore right ankle. He sprained the ankle Nov. 30 and missed 12 games but played the Bucks' last three despite lingering pain. ... San Antonio guard Gary Neal returned to action Wednesday after missing four games with a strained left calf. ... The Bucks' Larry Sanders blocked Kawhi Leonard's shot with 9:03 left in the first quarter, giving him at least one block in 17 straight games, the second longest active streak in the NBA behind Tim Duncan, who has done it in 19 straight games. Sanders is second in the league with 2.96 blocks per game and has blocked at least one shot in 38 of the last 39 games. ... The Spurs won the first meeting between the two teams this season, a 110-99 victory on Dec. 5 in San Antonio, and they had taken five of the previous six against Milwaukee.
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