MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 factors and a season-high 15 assists, and the two-time league MVP obtained loads of assist because the Milwaukee Bucks beat the San Antonio Spurs 120-113 on Saturday evening.
The Bucks (27-14) received their season-best sixth straight sport with seven gamers scoring in double figures. Khris Middleton scored 23 factors and Jrue Vacation added 21. Antetokounmpo grabbed eight rebounds, barely lacking a triple-double.
Lonnie Walker scored a career-high 31 factors for the Spurs (22-17), and DeMar DeRozan added 22. Walker sank 13 of 21 photographs, together with 5 of 9 from 3-point vary.
The Spurs trailed 98-94 after a jumper by Walker following a San Antonio timeout. Middleton responded with a 3-pointer and Pat Connaughton scored a layup off an help by Antetokounmpo, forcing a fast Spurs timeout.
Two extra 3-pointers by Middleton within the closing 5 1/2 minutes helped the Bucks draw back, and Antetokounmpo added a strong dunk and a 3-pointer.
Donte DiVincenzo had 12 factors and a team-high 13 rebounds for Milwaukee, which received for the eleventh time in 12 video games. Brook Lopez and Connaughton every had 11 factors and former Spurs guard Bryn Forbes added 10.
The Bucks rallied from a 14-point, first-half deficit and even used some zone protection to attempt to decelerate the Spurs.
“To start out off the sport, I assumed they hit each floater, each mid-range shot that they took,” Middleton stated. “After some time we began switching slightly bit extra, attempting to be up slightly extra to take that shot away and likewise to remove the drive.
“Giannis and Jrue did an excellent job of entering into the guards and making it robust on them.”
The Spurs ended a five-game journey with a 3-2 document and coach Gregg Popovich was not discouraged by the loss.
“That is the fifth sport in seven nights,” Popovich stated. “A few necessary guys didn’t play, but it surely doesn’t matter. All of them come to compete.
“We had 29 assists tonight towards a hell of a workforce. We’re thrilled with the way in which we performed. We simply should hold the consistency.”
Vacation was fouled by Devin Vassell on a 3-point try with five-tenths of a second left within the third quarter, and Vacation made all three free throws to offer the Bucks an 88-84 lead. Thee Bucks guard additionally sank a 3-pointer within the closing second of the primary half to increase Milwaukee’s result in seven factors at the moment.
“It was positively a lift to have the ability to go into the top of the quarter on a great be aware and see the ball go within the basket,” Vacation stated. “I feel it was enormous.”
The Spurs’ sturdy begin was keyed by DeRozan, who had eight factors within the opening quarter as San Antonio took a 33-26 benefit.
“It takes its toll,” Popovich stated. “We simply determined with this elevated density within the schedule for the reason that all-star break that we would have liked to assist them keep in fine condition. And we’ve been in fixed contact with the league; they’ve been nice about understanding the scenario.”
P.J. Tucker made his Milwaukee debut after being acquired in a commerce with Houston on Wednesday. The 35-year-old ahead had not performed since March 3 whereas ready for the rebuilding Rockets to make a deal.
“You possibly can see the depth,” Middleton stated. “He’s going to be an excellent match for us.”
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