NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Milwaukee
(Saturday, December 4th)
Final Score: San Antonio 104, Milwaukee 83
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan netted 20 points and four other San Antonio players scored in double-figures as the red-hot Spurs cruised to a 104-83 victory over Milwaukee at the Bradley Center.
Tony Parker had 13 points and eight assists as San Antonio recorded its seventh consecutive win. Reserves Devin Brown and Beno Udrich also chipped in 13 points for the Spurs, whose 15-3 start is the best in franchise history.
"I'm a fortunate guy," said San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich. "I've got a group of guys who are of the age that it's important to them every night. They really do believe it's their job. And I don't have to convince them or fire them up or do anything like that."
Desmond Mason finished with 18 points and six rebounds for the Bucks, who fell for the third straight time and have dropped nine-of-10 after a 3-1 start to the year. Michael Redd added 15 points in defeat.
The Spurs outscored Milwaukee 30-19 in the second quarter to take control of the game. After trailing 21-18 after one period of play, San Antonio regrouped and grabbed a 26-25 edge on Duncan's basket with just under nine minutes remaining in the half. A Mike James jumper on the ensuing possession put the Bucks back in front before the Spurs reeled off six straight points to take a 32-27 lead with 7:26 left in the period.
A 14-4 run capped by Manu Ginobli's three-pointer gave San Antonio a comfortable 46-35 advantage nearing intermission and the Spurs went into the break up 48-40.
The Bucks were down by just 10 points, 66-56, with under 3 1/2 minutes to play in the third quarter, but San Antonio closed out the stanza with a 14-4 spurt to break the game open. Brown's three-pointer with two seconds left in the period extended the Spurs' lead to 80-60 heading into the final 12 minutes.
"I thought it was going to be a lot tougher game, but we found a way to kind of pull it away," said Duncan.
Milwaukee never got its deficit closer to 18 points in the fourth quarter and San Antonio was up by 27 heading into the final minute before the Bucks scored the last six points.
Bucks forward Keith Van Horn missed the game with tendinitis in his right ankle and teammate Daniel Santiago sat out due to a scratched cornea...The Spurs began the 1999-00 campaign 14-3...San Antonio shot 57.3 percent from the floor for the night...The Spurs beat the Bucks for just the fourth time in the last 11 meetings between the clubs and are 11-20 all-time in Milwaukee.
12/05 01:09:55 ET