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Sunday, January 19th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (7-32) at San Antonio Spurs (31-9), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs saw a six-game winning streak
disappear last time out, so they will try to get back on track Sunday night
when the Milwaukee Bucks come to AT&T Center.
The Spurs fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, 109-100 on Friday in Alamo City.
The loss inched the Blazers within a half-game of San Antonio for the best
record in the west.
Manu Ginobili ended with 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the
Spurs. Marco Belinelli and Boris Diaw each had 14 points, while future Hall of
Famers struggled a bit. Tim Duncan managed 13 and Tony Parker only had 12.
Trailing 65-55 with 7:18 left in the third quarter, the Spurs called a
timeout. Head coach Gregg Popovich was ejected after yelling at the referees.
Damian Lillard made the ensuing technical free throws to make it a 12-point
Popovich's ejection seemed to fire up the Spurs, who ended the third period on
a 15-4 run. Ginobili scored all 15 of San Antonio's points to give the home
team a 78-77 lead after three frames.
"Obviously you know Manu, he was spectacular. I thought Boris did a great job
on Aldridge in a lot of ways," Popovich said. "Just didn't go his way, so to
speak, on several occasions. He hung in there and he kept playing. I thought
he did a good job, played him square and did what we wanted to do."
San Antonio lost forward Matt Bonner to a broken nose. He played just over six
minutes before exiting.
The Bucks dropped their eighth straight game on Saturday, a 114-104 setback in
Brandon Knight paced Milwaukee with 26 points and seven assists. John Henson
distributed a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Luke Ridnour
and Larry Sanders added 14 and 12 points, respectively, in defeat.
Houston led wire-to-wire aside from a 15-15 tie early in the first quarter.
Terrence Jones, James Harden, and Dwight Howard all scored during a 10-3 run
to give the Rockets a 25-18 lead with 3:15 remaining in the first.
It was all over from there.
"It seems like every time we did make a run, they hit a big three or Terrence
Jones got a dunk," Ridnour admitted. "We hung in for as long as we could, but
we couldn't quite get over the hump."
The Spurs, who host Oklahoma City on Wednesday, beat the Bucks in Milwaukee on
Dec. 11 and have won three straight in the series. The Spurs are 8-2 in their
last 10 against the Bucks in San Antonio.
01/19 10:21:46 ET