Duncan, Spurs end Bucks’ streak at 3
Duncan had 24 points and 12 rebounds and the Spurs halted the Milwaukee Bucks’ three-game winning streak with a 112-98 victory Monday night, getting their second blow out in as many games after an unusually lackluster start to the season.
Duncan could hardly be blamed while San Antonio was 4-6: the Spurs had been 0-4 when their All-Star forward scored 20 or more.
“We’ll win a lot more games if he scores 20. I’ll tell you that much,” Spurs guard Roger Mason said.
Ersan Illyasova led Milwaukee
(8-4) with 20 points. Brandon Jennings scored 12—held well below his rookie-leading average of 25.3 points per game—and Michael Redd scored four points off the bench in his first action in nine games because of a knee injury.
San Antonio’s bench was better. Matt Bonner had 23 points, and the Spurs won consecutive games for only the second time this season. Bonner was 6-of-8 from behind the arc. George Hill scored 14 and Mason had 11 as San Antonio’s reserves outscored its starting five.
“That’s what we need when the energy isn’t there or someone isn’t playing well, for other people to step up,” Duncan said.
The Spurs (6-6) have won two in a row after losing three straight, when Duncan averaged 21.6 points and 11 rebounds during that skid.
Milwaukee’s Hakim Warrick had 15 points and Carlos Delfino added 11.
The Bucks entered the game as the top rebounding team in the league but were bullied on the boards, 46-29. San Antonio pulled away with a season-high 37 points in the third quarter, when Duncan had 15 points.
“We had a hard time in general,” Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. “We had a hard time keeping them out of the paint. We got destroyed on the boards.”
Redd played 11 minutes off the bench and showed a predictable bit of rust while playing for the first time in four weeks.
Skiles said Redd returned probably a little sooner than even he expected. But the 10th-year guard fared well after getting through his first contact practice Sunday.
Milwaukee arrived in San Antonio off to its best start since the 2001-02 season
Former Bucks Richard Jefferson had 11 points and Keith Bogans added 10 for the Spurs.