Spurs 112, Bucks 97

The San Antonio Spurs’ reserves carried them to an easy win over

the Milwaukee Bucks.

Tim Duncan scored 26 points and San Antonio’s bench scored 51

points in a 112-97 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday

night.

“We moved the ball real well and gave guys an opportunity to

make shots,” Duncan said. “Hopefully, that will be contagious and

continue to happen.”

While Duncan led the team in scoring, Antonio McDyess scored 14

points and Manu Ginobili scored 13 points to pace the reserves, who

made 22-of-29 shots.

“That’s ridiculous,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said of

the bench’s shooting percentage. “That’s not going to happen very

often. It happened tonight and obviously it helped us keep the

lead.”

The Spurs went up-tempo to open a 20-point lead in the second

quarter and Milwaukee never got within single digits in the second

half.

“We just had a different mindset,” said Ginobili, who made

five of six shots. “We played very aggressively, moved the ball

very well. When you do it’s easier to make shots. That was a big

difference. We played faster, better. It was more fun.”

The Bucks shot 43 percent for the game while allowing the Spurs

to shoot 59.7 percent.

“They caught us on a good night,” Popovich said. “This is one

of our better nights of the season. No exaggeration. We played for

48 minutes.”

Tony Parker had 16 points and eight assists for San Antonio,

which has won four of five.

“Everybody was making shots and everybody was sharing the

ball,” Spurs point guard Tony Parker said. “So, when you play

like that, it’s pretty easy basketball.”

Hakim Warrick scored a season-high 23 points for Milwaukee,

which has dropped 13 of 17.

“We definitely can’t let teams shoot 59 percent against us,”

Warrick said. “Most of that was because of our defense and you’ve

got to give them credit, too.”

Rookie Brandon Jennings, the Bucks’ leading scorer at 19.7 per

game, was held to 10 points. Jennings struggled to get Milwaukee’s

fast break going, running into countless picks set by Duncan in the

first half.

“We got some pretty good looks but we just weren’t making

them,” Jennings said. “And a team like that, they’re going to

come right back at you.”

Milwaukee’s Michael Redd only scored six points, missing seven

of nine shots. He has missed 16 games due to injuries this season,

but the Bucks are 3-9 when he plays and 9-7 when he doesn’t.

“Hopefully, we won’t have games like this the rest of the

season,” Redd said.

San Antonio rookie DeJuan Blair, making his third consecutive

start, had eight points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes.

“He’s understanding the floor a lot more,” Duncan said of

Blair, a second-round draft pick. “It just comes with time.”

Andrew Bogut took a pass from Jennings and scored on a layup to

bring Milwaukee within 62-51 with 7:47 left in the third quarter.

San Antonio, though, got six points from Duncan in a 12-2 run to

take a 74-53 lead on his 16-foot jumper with 4:24 left in the

period.

The Spurs led 89-64 heading to the fourth and Milwaukee got no

closer than 15 points.

Milwaukee missed 15 of its first 17 shots as San Antonio jumped

to a 14-4 lead on Blair’s layup with 5:09 left in the first

quarter.

Parker hit a 4-foot jumper to give San Antonio a 37-26 lead with

6:11 left in the second quarter, never allowing the Bucks within

single digits again.

Duncan scored 16 points in the first half as the Spurs led 56-41

at halftime.

NOTES: Michael Finley missed his eighth straight game with a

sprained ankle. … The Spurs have won two consecutive road games

and are 4-6 on the road and 12-5 at home.