Bucks Hold off Spurs; Thrive Without Giannis


The Milwaukee Bucks came into Tuesday night with a two game losing streak and most projected them to lose their third straight as they entered a hostile AT&T center in San Antonio to take on the red hot Spurs.

The Spurs were looking for their tenth straight home victory, a place where they only lost one time last season.

San Antonio learned that they would be without starting power forward LaMarcus Aldridge against Milwaukee, who was dealing with a stomach virus.

Bucks point forward Giannis Antetokounmpo suited up but played only nine minutes, failing to score. He logged all his minutes in the first half, deeming him not a factor in the outcome of this game.

This would leave the game in the hands of Kawhi Leonard and Jabari Parker. Kawhi finished with a game-high 30 points, and Jabari finished with 22.

The real story tonight was from the Milwaukee Bucks bench, which totaled 56 points. 28 of those came from Michael Beasley, shattering his previous season high of 18. He played nearly every minute in the second half, and gave Milwaukee a much needed spark to keep them in the game.

The Bucks led 16-15 back in the first quarter, but wouldn’t lead again until late in the fourth quarter. Milwaukee was consistently scoring, but couldn’t figure out how to stop the Spurs’ offense.

The mid-range and three point range shooting arsenal of Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, and Davis Bertans combined for 55 points, and had their opportunities to put the game away, but were unable to execute.

Back-to-back three’s from Davis Bertans and Danny Green gave San Antonio a 107-105 lead with just 1:20 left, it appeared that the Bucks were done for.

This wasn’t the case however, as Michael Beasley found Malcolm Brogdon on the ensuing drive for a clutch three pointer giving the Bucks a 108-107 lead, and they would close it out, shocking the Spurs 109-107.

Despite being a well-respected, veteran team playing at home, the Spurs were incapable of hitting just one out of several shots to get back on top.

Up next: The Bucks host the Miami Heat (11-29) Friday night, and they hope their soon-to-be all star Giannis Antetokounmpo, will be at full strength. The Spurs remain home to take on the Lakers (15-27) on Thursday.




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