San Antonio's point guard scored 16 of his 23 points in the final period and the Spurs pulled away in the last few minutes Saturday night for a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks that snapped a four-game losing streak.
I'm thankful for my team to be confident in me, just like I'm confident in them. Derrick White added 17 points and Bryn Forbes scored 16 against his former team to help the Spurs take down the defending NBA champions on the road.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 28 points and 13 rebounds but was in foul trouble in the second half. Khris Middleton had 19 points for the Bucks, who lost their second straight home game.
Keldon Johnson's 3-pointer from the corner gave the Spurs a lead with left, and Murray scored the next five San Antonio points to extend the margin to with remaining. Popovich was referring to Bucks point guard Jrue Holiday, who starred for the U. Holiday missed his third straight game with a left ankle injury.
The Spurs got a key contribution from veteran forward Thaddeus Young, who had 10 points and eight rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench. Young had played only 12 total minutes over the first five games.
I don't put any pressure on myself because I've been in this league 15 years now. I know what to do when I walk out there. San Antonio held a slim lead for much of the first half, but a 3-pointer from Middleton and a fast-break dunk by George Hill allowed Milwaukee to tie the score at 34 with seven minutes left in the second quarter.
Milwaukee led at halftime despite hitting just 18 of 44 field goals Antetokounmpo and Middleton each had 11 points to lead the Bucks in the first half, and Hill added eight. White paced the Spurs with 14 points and Forbes had eight.
Forbes, who played with the Bucks last season, received his championship ring in a short ceremony before the game. He returned to San Antonio on a one-year deal prior to this season. That ring was huge.
Forbes averaged 10 points and shot He hit seven 3-pointers in Game 4 of the first round of the playoffs against Miami. Spurs: Johnson, a third-year pro, also played on the U. Olympic team that won the gold medal in Tokyo this summer, and is improving his game.
He needs more time. The will is there. Bucks: F Semi Ojeleye was available and Bobby Portis rested so he can play in the second game of a back-to-back set against Utah on Sunday.
Both are returning from injuries. Ojeleye played 13 minutes and was 0 for 5 from the field, all on 3-point attempts, and grabbed three rebounds. Holiday left ankle sprain should play soon but center Brook Lopez back soreness has no timetable to return, Budenholzer said.
Bucks: End a three-game homestand Sunday against Utah. Milwaukee lost both games to the Jazz last season, including a decision in the last meeting at Fiserv Forum in January.
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