Tue. Final: Bucks 100, Spurs 98
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Michael Redd had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks hung on for a 100-98 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night when Tim Duncan missed a layup with 3.8 seconds to go.
Luke Ridnour scored 21 and Andrew Bogut added 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, who won for the sixth time in eight games and snapped San Antonio's five-game winning streak.
Duncan, who faked past Bogut to get open for the last layup try, scored 22 points. Michael Finley made eight of 10 shots and had 20 points for the Spurs, while Tony Parker had 19 points and 10 assists.
The Bucks led by 11 with 2:31 left in the third quarter when Bogut scored on his second layup in less than two minutes.
But the Spurs scored 10 of the first 12 points of the fourth quarter and took an 84-82 lead with 7:23 left on Roger Mason's 3-pointer.
The Spurs led 88-84 with 6:33 left after Manu Ginobili stripped Ridnour, and Parker sent a pass up to Mason for a dunk on the fast break.
But Milwaukee came back down the floor with Ridnour's 3-pointer to cut it to one, and the Bucks took the lead on Bogut's dunk off a pass from Richard Jefferson with 5:29 to go.
The Bucks went up by three on Redd's drive with 4:22 left.
But Mason's 3 with 9 seconds left cut it to 100-98, and the Bucks were called for a 5-second violation on the inbounds pass.
That gave Duncan an opportunity to tie the game with a layup in the middle of the lane, but he missed.
Duncan, along with Matt Bonner, got an early hook from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich after San Antonio's interior defense allowed three dunks, a tip-in and a layup in the first 5 minutes. They were pulled at the 7:05 mark in favor of Kurt Thomas and rookie free agent Anthony Tolliver as Milwaukee jumped out to a 17-7 lead.
The Bucks' front line of Jefferson, Luc Mbah a Moute and Bogut opened 7-of-8, and Milwaukee started with a 14-0 advantage in points in the paint before Parker finally got a short shot for San Antonio when he stole a pass from Charlie Villanueva and drove in for an easy layup to cut the Bucks' 10-point lead to 23-20 with 2:14 to go in the first quarter.
But Redd went 3-for-3 and made a pair of free throws to score the last eight points in the quarter for the Bucks, who took a 31-26 lead into the second quarter.
They scored the first five in the quarter -- this time all from Villanueva -- to go ahead 36-26. Villanueva scored on a three-point play, and he followed that with a dunk after grabbing an offensive rebound on Charlie Bell's miss.
But the Spurs outscored the Bucks 10-1 during a stretch of 1:55, and San Antonio cut the lead to 37-36. Finley made a pair of 3-pointers and Duncan converted a three-point play that was keyed by Finley's assist.
The Spurs took their first lead since the opening 2 minutes of the game when Parker made a pull-up jumper from 17 feet with 4:02 left, but they trailed by two at halftime.
Notes:@ Bell returned after spending Saturday's loss to Detroit on the inactive list with right knee soreness. He made a 3-pointer from the corner with 21 seconds left in the second quarter that allowed the Bucks to take a 51-49 halftime lead, and he finished 4-of-6 for nine points in 26 minutes. ... Parker picked up his third technical foul in the last five games. ... This was Milwaukee's first road game in 11 days, and the Bucks play at Houston on Wednesday before getting four of the next five at home. ... Former Spurs C Francisco Elson did not come off the bench for Milwaukee. ... Mason hit his first field-goal try of the game after going 0-for-4 Saturday against Memphis, making it his first points since he hit the 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer to beat Phoenix on Christmas.
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