Duncan, Parker lead Spurs’ 109-77 rout of Bucks

With Tim Duncan rediscovering his shot at the same time the

Bucks collectively lost theirs, the result was predictable.

Duncan had 21 points and 16 rebounds while playing just 24

minutes – single-handedly outscoring the Bucks starters – and Tony

Parker added 15 points in the San Antonio Spurs’ 109-77 rout of

Milwaukee on Wednesday night.

”I made some early and it helps,” said Duncan, who hit 9 of 12

shots in earning his 770th double-double, the most among active

players. ”My shot’s starting to come around a little bit. The

first 20 games it hadn’t been there, so I hope that it stays with

me.”

Milwaukee starters Khris Middleton, Ekpe Udoh, John Henson, O.J.

Mayo and Brandon Knight combined for 19 points on 7-for-28

shooting. Forward Ersan Ilyasova, who logged a team-high 38

minutes, made just 3 of 16 shots.

”We did not compete on a high level tonight,” said Bucks coach

Larry Drew, whose injury-riddled team trailed wire-to-wire for the

third time this season. ”We can’t use excuses of injuries or

having played last night. We faced a real good basketball team

tonight, but the disappointment lies in the fact that we didn’t

compete at a high level. We didn’t lay it on the line. We didn’t

play as hard as we should have.”

San Antonio had lost three of its last six games after starting

the season 13-1, but dominated from the opening tip, scoring the

first nine points. An 8-0 run extended the Spurs lead to 27-10.

The Bucks trailed 32-16 after one quarter. The Spurs held a 17-4

rebounding advantage in the opening period, when the Bucks managed

just one defensive rebound.

Duncan had 12 points and eight rebounds in the first quarter.

His six field goals in the period matched the Bucks’ team

total.

”He can do it outside, he can do it outside,” Drew said.

”He’s a good rebounder, he’s a good passer. I actually thought he

moved up and down the floor as well as I’ve seen him move up and

down the floor in some time. It just seems like he continues to get

better and better, and I have not seen any slippage in his

game.”

The Bucks pulled within 41-30 on two free throws by Miroslav

Raduljica, but the Spurs responded with a 10-0 run to lead 51-30

with 4:18 left in the half. The Bucks went scoreless for 4:02

during the Spurs’ surge, missing all five shot attempts and

committing three turnovers.

The Spurs led 63-40 at the half and extended it to 92-54

entering the final period.

”It happens to everybody,” said Spurs coach Greg Popovich.

”They just couldn’t put it in the hole tonight. We got a big lead.

We shot it very well in the first half and they had a tough time,

and I thought our defense was really good.”

Kawhi Leonard scored 13 points, Marco Belinelli added 11, and

Danny Green and Cory Joseph had 10 apiece for the Spurs, who shot

52.3 percent, despite making only 4 of 17 3-point attempts. Jeff

Ayers, subbing for injured center Tiago Splitter, did not score,

but had 10 rebounds in 25 minutes.

”They’re a pretty good basketball team,” Drew said. ”I don’t

think there’s any other way to cut it. They’re as good as any

offensive executing team in our league. The pace with which they

run the offense, the way they pass the ball – they’ll go isolation

with Tim some – but the way they move that basketball is absolutely

phenomenal. From my point of few, they are as good as any offensive

executing team in our league.”

Rookie guard Nate Wolters led the Bucks with a season-high 18

points and 19-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo, the league’s youngest

player, had 15 points. Milwaukee, which had won two of its last

three, has yet to win consecutive games.

”They’re pretty impressive,” Wolters said. ”Just a really

unselfish team who makes the extra pass. It seemed like we really

had no answer defensively. No matter what we did they were getting

open looks. They’re really good.”

The 32-point loss was the most lopsided of the season for the

Bucks, who had lost by 27 points to Indiana in the midst of an

11-game losing streak.

NOTES: Bucks guard Gary Neal, who spent the previous three

seasons with the Spurs, was looking forward to playing against his

former team, but was out of the lineup after receiving an injection

Tuesday for plantar fasciitis in his left foot. … Splitter did

not make the two-game trip to Toronto and Milwaukee because of

tightness in his left calf. … Spurs center Aron Baynes, who had a

season-high 14 points Tuesday night in a 116-103 victory at

Toronto, did not play due to a sprained ankle.