Tim Duncan put up his third double-double this season, scoring 21 points and registering 16 rebounds, to help the San Antonio Spurs blow out the Milwaukee Bucks, 109-77. The Spurs shot 46-88 (52.3%) from the field and dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 17 boards. San Antonio (17-4) has now won seven of their last 10 games.
Duncan went 9-12, in a good performance. Other top contributors for San Antonio included Tony Parker with 15 points and 5 assists, Kawhi Leonard with 13 points and 5 rebounds, and Marco Belinelli with 11 points and 5 rebounds. On 7-15 shooting from the field and 4-5 from the free throw line, Nate Wolters scored 18 points off the bench for Milwaukee in the loss. He also added 7 assists. Giannis Antetokounmpo chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds and Miroslav Raduljica finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds.
As expected, the Bucks offense did not have its best game, struggling to score against the elite Spurs defense that ranks third in the league with a defensive efficiency of 100.3. They registered just .832 points per possession in this game, and rank 30th in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 94.2 on the season. In addition to 13.3% from 3-point range, the Bucks tallied an eFG% of just 35.7%. They are 1-3 on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Spurs, conversely, are undefeated (5-0) when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.
Milwaukee (5-17) couldn't get consecutive victories after beating Chicago on Tuesday.
Coming up next, the Spurs take on the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are 11-11 on the year. The Bucks match up against the Chicago Bulls, currently 8-12 this season. The Bucks are 1-0 versus Chicago this season.
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