The Spurs handed the NBA leading Milwaukee Bucks its worse loss of the season 126-104 Tuesday at the AT&T Center. The silver and black hit a season high 19 three pointers while going 50% from the field and 54% from behind the arc. Coming into Monday’s game against the Spurs, the Bucks held the league’s best record at 32-5 and were riding a five game winning streak.
Never a fan of the three point shot, Coach Popovich has encouraged his team to hoist more from long distance. It was just four games ago against the Detroit Pistons that the Spurs set their season high of eighteen 3-pointers made. Tuesday’s performance eclipsed that mark when Spurs forward Rudy Gay hit the team’s 19th three of the game. Lamarcus Aldridge has been a key factor in the team’s recent 3-point explosion, going 2-3 from three point land against the Bucks and 16-23 in his last five games.
The Spurs were able to hold the league leading Bucks to 40% from the field and a paltry 33% from the three point line. MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists in the loss.
DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 25 points for the Spurs. Patty Mills added 21 points off the bench and both Lamarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay chipped in 17 apiece in the win.
The Spurs are holding a two game lead over the eighth playoff spot in the ultra competitive western conference ahead of Portland and Memphis. The team embarks on a 4-game road trip that begins Wednesday in Boston.
Wed, Jan 8 @ Boston (25-9) 6pm
Fri, Jan 10 @ Memphis (15-22) 7pm
Sun, Jan 12 @ Toronto (24-12) 5pm