NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, December 11th
(All times Eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (16-4) at Milwaukee Bucks (5-16), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs complete a short road trip
Wednesday night when they visit the Bradley Center to take on the Milwaukee
The Spurs are only gone for two games, including Tuesday's 116-103 victory
over the Toronto Raptors. They return home for the Minnesota Timberwolves on
Friday, then head west for four games.
San Antonio used a balanced attack to defeat the Raptors, although Toronto was
short-handed thanks to a recent trade which sent Rudy Gay to the Sacramento
Kings. None of the four newly-acquired Raptors played on Tuesday.
The Spurs shot 55 percent from the floor and had seven players score in double
figures, including four off the bench.
Manu Ginobili was San Antonio's leading scorer with 16 points, while Tony
Parker managed 15 points. Tim Duncan, Danny Green and Aron Baynes all finished
with 14, which was a career-high for the unheralded Baynes.
"Baynes did a great job," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said. "He hasn't
played that much but he went down to the D-League and played a few games to
stay in shape, kept himself ready and it showed tonight."
Marco Belinelli netted 12 and Patty Mills chipped in 11 points.
The Bucks earned a nice road victory on Tuesday, a 78-74 win in Chicago over
the Bulls. It was Milwaukee's second consecutive road win, but the Bucks have
lost two in a row at home.
The Bucks trailed heading into the fourth quarter against the Bulls, but took
the final 12 minutes, 23-17.
John Henson was a monster on Tuesday night. He's been starting in place of
Larry Sanders and against Chicago, Henson finished with 25 points, 14
rebounds, six blocks and three steals.
"We just kept fighting," Henson said. "As a young team, a scrappy team out
here, that's what we got to do."
Brandon Knight scored 19 points and grabbed 10 boards and Ersan Ilyasova was
the only other Milwaukee player in double figures with 10 off the bench.
Fatigue may be an issue for the Bucks on Wednesday. With Caron Butler, Sanders
and Zaza Pachulia out for a while, and with Gary Neal sidelined with plantar
fasciitis in his left foot, Henson, Knight and Mayo all logged over 40
The Spurs swept both of last season's meetings with Milwaukee and have taken
six of the last seven. The two teams have split the last eight matchups in
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