NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Milwaukee
(Saturday, March 1st)
Final Score: San Antonio 96, Milwaukee 94
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Manu Ginobili scored 30 points, including the go-ahead jumper, and also forced a pivotal turnover down the stretch to help the San Antonio Spurs escape with their eighth straight victory, 96-94, over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.
Ginobili was 10-for-17 from the floor, 9-of-11 at the foul line, and also grabbed four rebounds and handed out four assists. Tony Parker added 26 points and five assists for the Spurs, who haven't lost since a 98-90 setback in Boston February 10.
Michael Redd led Milwaukee with 25 points, but missed a pair of potential game-tying free throws with less than two seconds remaining, and the Bucks dropped their second straight. Andrew Bogut went for his 27th double-double of the season, scoring 17 points and pulling down 15 rebounds.
Bogut hit Charlie Bell with a nifty bounce pass for a bucket that cut the Spurs lead to 90-87 with just over two minutes remaining, and less than a minute later it was a two-point game after Royal Ivey spun into the lane for a deuce.
Ginobili had an answer, as he did all night, drilling a step-back jumper along the baseline to stake San Antonio to a 93-89 lead with less than 1:30 to go. But Bobby Simmons responded with a corner three that brought the Bucks right back within a point.
Ivey missed on a tear drop the next Milwaukee possession, but Bell corralled a carom off a Parker miss and went the length of the court, weaving his way through the scrambling Spurs defense and rattling home a lay-in with 20.1 ticks left to put the Bucks up 94-93.
Out of a timeout, Ginobili took a handoff from Duncan and tried to draw contact from Bell just inside the three-point arc. Bell was disciplined enough not pick up a cheap foul, but Ginobili somehow still managed to drop in a tough up-and-under to reclaim the lead with 13.2 seconds to go.
Ginobili then came up with the defensive stop the Spurs needed, forcing Bell into a turnover with some active hands, leading to a free throw from Parker that made it 96-94 with 8.5 showing on the clock.
Redd drew a foul on Duncan on his way to the hoop, but missed on the first free throw, forcing him to intentionally miss the second. He succeeded in shooting it long, but Bogut's last-gasp tip-in attempt was a little strong, and the Spurs survived for their eighth straight.
"We just tried to play for 48 minutes and stay in the game," Parker said. "It looked like it wasn't going our way but then we had a pretty good third quarter and we kept the lead for the rest of the game."
Duncan finished with nine points and seven rebounds, while Michael Finley scored 11 for the Spurs.
Simmons totaled 11 and Desmond Mason added 12 for the Bucks, who dug themselves a hole by allowing San Antonio to score 15 unanswered during the third quarter. That run came immediately following the ejection of Mo Williams, who scored 13 first-half points, but was tossed after arguing a foul call a little too aggressively.
Milwaukee scored the final six points of the opening quarter to take a 28-27 lead to the second. The Bucks maintained their slim edge for most of the rest of the half, falling behind only briefly and carrying a 51-47 advantage into the halftime break.
Redd's mid-range jumper made it a 58-51 Bucks lead ahead of the eight-minute mark in the third, but then the Spurs ripped off a 15-0 burst to take control.
Ime Udoka's corner trimmed the margin to 64-63, with about three minutes to go, and moments later Ginobili converted a three-point play to give the Spurs their first lead since the early stages of the second quarter. Despite seeing its lead evaporate, Milwaukee hung around through the end of the quarter, trailing just 73-68 on the way to the fourth.
"They just made plays," Mason said. "They made plays on the offensive end, they got stops, and they kind of picked the pressure up a little bit. The third quarter is where they really try to do their damage."
Parker rattled in a floater to increase the Spurs' cushion to 84-76 around the midway point of the fourth. But the Bucks hung around, and were within one after Redd came up with a loose ball and scored among three Spurs defenders to make it 86-81 with 4:17 on the clock.
Milwaukee shot just 39.8 percent from the floor and hit 24-of-33 free-throw attempts; Bogut was just 5-of-10 at the line and Redd is now just a 42 percent shooter inside the final minute of games...Bell finished with six points and six boards for the Bucks...The Spurs have won both of the meetings between the two teams this season, and head to New Jersey to try and continue their streak Sunday evening against the Nets.
03/02 00:11:53 ET