25 Nov 2018, 11:00 IST
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Dealing with a possible second loss at residence in two nights, Giannis Antetokounmpo unleashed a livid rally. When he’d completed, his teammates did the remaining.
Antetokounmpo had 34 factors and 18 rebounds, and the Bucks overcame an 11-point deficit within the fourth quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 135-129 on Saturday night time.
“I used to be feeling relaxed,” mentioned Antetokounmpo, who scored 14 factors within the last interval and heard chants of “MVP! MVP!” every time he stepped to the free-throw line. “I had a little bit little bit of power saved up for the fourth quarter.”
DeMar DeRozan scored 34 factors for the Spurs, who took a 106-95 lead with 11 minutes to play after a jumper by Rudy Homosexual.
However the Bucks, who dropped a sport to Phoenix on Friday, roared again on this one, which featured 26 lead adjustments. They took it for the ultimate time when Antetokounmpo hit a pair of free throws with 2:44 left that made it 123-122.
“Giannis did a hell of a job maintaining us in that sport, and we sort of helped him out on the finish,” Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe mentioned.
Khris Middleton hit a key 3-pointer, Bledsoe drove to the ring for a contested layup and Malcolm Brogdon knocked down a Three off a drive and dish from Bledsoe with 8.9 seconds to play to place the sport out of attain.
“If I’ll have the ball on the finish of the sport in conditions like that, I’ve bought to have the ability to know when to attain and when to go,” mentioned Bledsoe, who had 20 factors and 10 assists. “Malcolm did an awesome job being in the fitting spot, and knocked it down.”
DeRozan has averaged 26.four factors in his final 15 video games, together with playoffs, in opposition to Milwaukee. However nobody on the Spurs had a solution for Antetokounmpo.
“He’s undoubtedly a tricky job,” DeRozan mentioned. “He’s so lengthy, as soon as he will get anyplace across the rim, it’s sort of robust.”
Davis Bertans got here off the bench with 17 factors for the Spurs, who additionally bought 18 from Bryn Forbes and 15 from LaMarcus Aldridge.
“We had been within the sport the entire time, we simply could not get a cease down the stretch,” Aldridge mentioned.
It took San Antonio lower than 5 minutes to wipe out Milwaukee’s early 15-point lead the Bucks constructed by beginning 12 of 13 from the sphere. The Spurs went on to lose for the sixth time within the final eight video games regardless of an 11-point lead late.
“It’s robust to have management of the sport and never win,” Aldridge mentioned.
Spurs: Coach Gregg Popovich known as departed star Kawhi Leonard an awesome participant, however not a frontrunner when discussing Patty Mills’ management function. “Kawhi’s expertise will all the time be missed, however that management wasn’t his deal on the time. Which will come as he progresses,” Popovich mentioned earlier than the sport. Leonard was traded with Danny Inexperienced to the Raptors for DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first-round choose within the offseason.
Bucks: Brogdon completed with 23 factors, Middleton 21 and Sterling Brown 11. . F Ersan Ilyasova (proper knee soreness) dressed however didn’t play. . Antetokounmpo was fouled within the act of taking pictures 55 ft from the basket on the finish of the primary quarter by Derrick White. Antetokounmpo made all three pictures and White did not see the court docket the remainder of the best way. . Brook Lopez, who went zero for 12 from 3-point vary on Friday night time, hit his first try in opposition to San Antonio.
Spurs: At Chicago on Monday for the third of a four-game journey.
Bucks: At Charlotte on Monday.
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