National Basketball Association
Milwaukee 121, San Antonio 111
When: 8:30 PM ET, Saturday, October 23, 2021
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
#14 Ed Malloy, #77 Karl Lane, #52 Scott Twardoski
Khris Middleton scored 28 points as the visiting Milwaukee Bucks played their best in the final quarter on the way to a 121-111 win over the weary San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.
All five Milwaukee starters scored in double figures.
The Bucks used a four-point play by Middleton and a four-point possession after a clear path foul by the Spurs at the 8:30 mark of the fourth quarter to build a 101-91 lead. San Antonio never made a serious run the rest of the way.
The game was the second of a road-home back-to-back for the Spurs, who flew back to the Alamo City early Saturday morning after a loss in Denver on Friday.
Giannis Antetokounmpo added 21 points for the Bucks, who rebounded from a blowout loss in Miami on Thursday to move to 2-1. Jrue Holiday and Pat Connaughton hit for 16 points each, George Hill scored 15 off the bench and Grayson Allen added 10 points for Milwaukee.
Milwaukee, the defending NBA champs, played without starting center Brook Lopez and key reserves Donte DiVincenzo and Bobby Portis.
Doug McDermott paced the Spurs with 25 points. Keldon Johnson scored 20, Lonnie Walker IV added 17, Derrick White hit for 14, and Dejounte Murray and Jakob Poeltl added 10 points each for San Antonio.
The game was tied at 32 after the first 12 minutes. The Bucks shot 66.7 percent from the floor in the period and San Antonio countered with 11 points from McDermott.
Milwaukee swept to the lead midway through the second quarter and expanded its advantage to as many as six points before settling for a 56-52 lead at the break.
Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 12 points in the half, with Middleton adding 10. Milwaukee outshot the Spurs 41.2 percent to 22.2 percent from long range over the first two quarters and outrebounded San Antonio 22-17.
Walker IV led all scorers with 13 points in the first half with McDermott hitting for 11.
San Antonio led 77-74 after a Poeltl layup at the 3:14 mark of the third quarter but the Bucks answered with a 11-0 run and went to the final period up 85-81.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Khris Middleton 28
Doug McDermott 25
Giannis Antetokounmpo 8
Derrick White 8
Giannis Antetokounmpo 8
Dejounte Murray 9
Khris Middleton 8
||Free Throws Made
Keldon Johnson 2
Khris Middleton 2
Derrick White 4
Giannis Antetokounmpo 3
Jakob Poeltl 2
Team Stats Summary
San Antonio will play their next game at home against L.A. Lakers. The Spurs have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .000 after a loss.
Milwaukee will play their next game on the road against Indiana. The Bucks have a W/L % of .000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.