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NBA-leading Bucks beat Spurs 127-118 for 5th straight win

MILWAUKEE (AP) San Antonio kept Giannis Antetokounmpo under control for one half.

Then the third quarter started.

The Milwaukee star opened it with a layup on an aggressive move to the basket and scored 19 of his game-high 32 points in the quarter, pacing the Bucks to a 127-118 victory over the Spurs on Saturday night.

Antetokounmpo repeatedly was fouled on his drives to the hoop and converted all 12 of his free throw attempts in the second half, including 10 in the third quarter as the Bucks started to pull away. A 60% foul shooter this season entering the game, he finished 15 of 18 at the foul line to set a season-high for free throws made.

''That's how Giannis is built,'' Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. ''It felt like they were going to foul him every time he drove it and test him at the free throw line. If they're going to put him on the free throw line, I think Giannis will make them pay for it.''

All the hard knocks failed to get Antetokounmpo off his game.

''I'm going to trust my technique,'' said Antetokounmpo, who had just nine points in the first half. ''I saw that whenever I was getting in the paint, they tried to reach and foul and push me and all that. I said, `OK, tonight is going to be the night.' I tried to drive it, go in the paint and just make a play for myself or for my teammate.''

The NBA-leading Milwaukee improved to 32-5, winning their fifth straight since a Christmas Day loss in Philadelphia.

Eric Bledsoe added 21 points and six assists, Khris Middleton had 20 points and Brook Lopez tied a season-high with seven blocks. Backup center Robin Lopez contributed 14 points and one block in 19 minutes.

''I thought we did a really good job in the first half, but he (Antetokounmpo) got away from us,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ''It's a hell of a team. Those brothers killed us with the blocks and we were fouling too much.''

San Antonio took a 12-point lead early in the game but trailed at the break, 71-66. LaMarcus Aldridge had all 16 of his points in the first half but was 0 for 7 from the field in 15 second-half minutes.

DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 26 points and Rudy Gay had 15 off the bench.

''That's been our issue all year, having lapses whether it's the second quarter or the start of the second half,'' DeRozan said. ''It makes it tough on us to crawl back.

''We've got an opportunity to play these guys on our floor Monday. We know what we did wrong and just try to be better.''

Bledsoe was 4 of 6 from 3-point range and Kyle Korver, Middleton and Antetokounmpo each added 3 triples as the Bucks went 17 of 45 (37.8%) from beyond the arc.

The Bucks, who own the NBA's best record, will open a four-game Western swing in San Antonio on Monday, before moving on to play Golden State, Sacramento and Portland.

Milwaukee improved to 18-2 at home and 23-0 against sub-500 teams. The Bucks also scored 100 or more points for the 61st consecutive game, tying a mark set by the Houston Rockets during the 2016-'17 season.

TIP-INS

Spurs: Derrick White moved into the starting lineup in the absence of fourth-year guard Dejounte Murray, who was out due to personal reasons. White has juggled roles, making his 11th start while coming off the bench in 21 other appearances. ''I think he's done it well. It's a pain in the rear to do that,'' Popovich said. White had nine points in 23 minutes. ... Lonnie Walker made his first NBA start, replacing Bryn Forbes in the starting lineup, and finished with eight points on 3-of-12 shooting. . Popovich was asked about Shaquille O'Neal's comment that he sees himself when he watches Antetokounmpo. ''I don't remember Shaq bringing the ball upcourt,'' Popovich said with a wry smile. ''Maybe I didn't pay attention. I don't know. His force on the game is like Giannis', that's for sure. But I think they had a little bit different game.''

Bucks: Second-year guard Donte DiVincenzo sat out due to rest, a decision Budenholzer made with a long-term view. ''With the wings and the depth (the Bucks have), it's just a great opportunity to keep Donte healthy,'' Budenholzer said. ''He's playing so good for us. He's having such a big impact on games and maybe it's just trying to be aggressive, trying to be ahead of the curve. He probably thinks I'm insane.'' DiVincenzo played in only 27 games as a rookie due to a right heel injury but has not had any problems with the foot this season. . Bucks veteran guard George Hill started his NBA career in 2008 with the Spurs and played three seasons under Popovich. ''He was always a hard worker; he always had a smile on his face,'' Popovich said. ''He did whatever we needed to have done on the court.'' Hill was traded to Indiana in 2011 in the deal that brought Kawhi Leonard to San Antonio.

UP NEXT

Spurs: Host Milwaukee on Monday night.

Bucks: At San Antonio on Monday night.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:48 +2 Derrick White made jump shot 2-0
11:30 +2 Brook Lopez made layup, assist by Eric Bledsoe 2-2
11:14   Trey Lyles missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:11   Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
11:03   Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:00   Defensive rebound by Trey Lyles  
10:49   LaMarcus Aldridge missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:46   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
10:42   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:40   SA team rebound  
10:26 +2 DeMar DeRozan made floating jump shot 4-2
10:10 +2 Eric Bledsoe made jump shot 4-4
9:53   LaMarcus Aldridge missed jump shot  
9:49   Offensive rebound by Trey Lyles  
9:46   Lonnie Walker IV missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:44   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
9:38   Khris Middleton missed jump shot  
9:36   Defensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
9:26 +3 LaMarcus Aldridge made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by DeMar DeRozan 7-4
9:11 +3 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Khris Middleton 7-7
8:52   Lonnie Walker IV missed driving layup  
8:48   Offensive rebound by Lonnie Walker IV  
8:47   Bad pass turnover on Lonnie Walker IV, stolen by Eric Bledsoe  
8:43   Khris Middleton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:41   Defensive rebound by Derrick White  
8:29   Trey Lyles missed driving dunk, blocked by Brook Lopez  
8:25   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
8:24   Shooting foul on Lonnie Walker IV  
8:24 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 1st of 2 free throws 7-8
8:24   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:24   SA team rebound  
7:58 +3 LaMarcus Aldridge made 3-pt. jump shot 10-8
7:48 +3 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Bledsoe 10-11
7:21 +3 Derrick White made 3-pt. jump shot 13-11
7:11   Bad pass turnover on Khris Middleton, stolen by Derrick White  
6:58   Derrick White missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:53   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
6:46 +3 Khris Middleton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Bledsoe 13-14
6:30   Traveling violation turnover on Derrick White  
6:18   Khris Middleton missed jump shot  
6:15   Defensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
6:02   DeMar DeRozan missed floating jump shot  
6:00   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
5:54   Wesley Matthews missed jump shot  
5:51   Defensive rebound by Trey Lyles  
5:41 +3 LaMarcus Aldridge made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by DeMar DeRozan 16-14
5:15   Khris Middleton missed jump shot  
5:13   Defensive rebound by Trey Lyles  
5:07 +3 LaMarcus Aldridge made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by DeMar DeRozan 19-14
4:52   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:49   Defensive rebound by Trey Lyles  
4:38   Trey Lyles missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:36   MIL team rebound  
4:19   Ersan Ilyasova missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:14   Offensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
4:13   George Hill missed jump shot  
4:10   Defensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
4:04 +2 DeMar DeRozan made driving layup 21-14
3:43   Robin Lopez missed hook shot  
3:40   Defensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
3:33   Personal foul on Khris Middleton  
3:26   Patty Mills missed jump shot  
3:26   Offensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
3:26   Shooting foul on Pat Connaughton  
3:26 +1 LaMarcus Aldridge made 1st of 2 free throws 22-14
3:26 +1 LaMarcus Aldridge made 2nd of 2 free throws 23-14
3:06 +3 Kyle Korver made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by George Hill 23-17
2:55 +3 Patty Mills made 3-pt. jump shot 26-17
2:40   Robin Lopez missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:36   Defensive rebound by Marco Belinelli  
2:32   Shooting foul on George Hill  
2:32 +1 Patty Mills made 1st of 3 free throws 27-17
2:32 +1 Patty Mills made 2nd of 3 free throws 28-17
2:32 +1 Patty Mills made 3rd of 3 free throws 29-17
2:12 +2 Robin Lopez made hook shot 29-19
2:04   Marco Belinelli missed jump shot  
2:02   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
1:54 +2 Ersan Ilyasova made jump shot, assist by Kyle Korver 29-21
1:40 +2 Marco Belinelli made jump shot, assist by Patty Mills 31-22
1:26   Shooting foul on Patty Mills  
1:26 +1 Ersan Ilyasova made 1st of 2 free throws 31-21
1:26 +1 Ersan Ilyasova made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-22
1:16   Bryn Forbes missed jump shot  
1:13   Defensive rebound by Robin Lopez  
1:08 +2 Pat Connaughton made layup, assist by George Hill 31-25
0:57   Bad pass turnover on Patty Mills, stolen by Pat Connaughton  
0:46   Violation  
0:28   Marco Belinelli missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:26   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
0:08 +2 Robin Lopez made hook shot, assist by Kyle Korver 31-28
0:00   Marco Belinelli missed layup, blocked by Robin Lopez  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43 +3 Eric Bledsoe made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyle Korver 31-32
11:31 +3 Patty Mills made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jakob Poeltl 34-32
11:14   Pat Connaughton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:11   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
11:02 +2 Jakob Poeltl made layup, assist by Patty Mills 36-32
10:50   Pat Connaughton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:45   Offensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
10:40   Jumpball  
10:38   Shooting foul on Bryn Forbes  
10:38 +1 Eric Bledsoe made 1st of 2 free throws 36-33
10:38   Eric Bledsoe missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
10:35   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
10:29 +2 Rudy Gay made jump shot, assist by Marco Belinelli 38-33
10:18   Bad pass turnover on Eric Bledsoe, stolen by Rudy Gay  
10:18   Personal foul on Eric Bledsoe  
10:06 +2 Rudy Gay made jump shot, assist by Bryn Forbes 40-33
9:46 +2 Brook Lopez made finger-roll layup 40-35
9:36   Patty Mills missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:34   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
9:31   Shooting foul on Jakob Poeltl  
9:31 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 1st of 2 free throws 40-36
9:31   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:28   Defensive rebound by Marco Belinelli  
9:20 +2 Lonnie Walker IV made jump shot, assist by Jakob Poeltl 42-36
9:09 +2 Eric Bledsoe made reverse layup 42-38
8:56 +2 Marco Belinelli made jump shot 44-38
8:27 +3 Eric Bledsoe made 3-pt. fade-away jump shot 44-41
8:21   Personal foul on Khris Middleton  
8:10 +2 Lonnie Walker IV made driving layup, assist by Marco Belinelli 46-41
7:58 +3 Brook Lopez made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Khris Middleton 46-44
7:41   Bad pass turnover on Jakob Poeltl, stolen by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
7:25 +3 Kyle Korver made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Bledsoe 46-47
7:09 +2 DeMar DeRozan made jump shot, assist by LaMarcus Aldridge 48-47
6:58   Brook Lopez missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:54   Defensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
6:46   Derrick White missed jump shot  
6:43   Defensive rebound by Brook Lopez  
6:35 +3 Eric Bledsoe made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Wesley Matthews 48-50
6:17 +2 Derrick White made floating jump shot 50-50
6:05   Eric Bledsoe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:02   Defensive rebound by Lonnie Walker IV  
5:58   Lonnie Walker IV missed layup, blocked by Brook Lopez  
5:54   Defensive rebound by Kyle Korver  
5:46 +3 Kyle Korver made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 50-53
5:25   Derrick White missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:21   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
5:19   Shooting foul on LaMarcus Aldridge  
5:19   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:19   MIL team rebound  
5:19 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-54
4:55   DeMar DeRozan missed floating jump shot  
4:49   Offensive rebound by DeMar DeRozan  
4:49 +2 DeMar DeRozan made dunk 52-54
4:34 +3 Ersan Ilyasova made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by George Hill 52-57
4:34   Shooting foul on Trey Lyles  
4:34 +1 Ersan Ilyasova made free throw 52-58
4:20 +2 LaMarcus Aldridge made jump shot, assist by Patty Mills 54-58
4:08 +2 Khris Middleton made hook shot 54-60
3:47 +2 DeMar DeRozan made jump shot 56-60
3:33   Personal foul on Lonnie Walker IV  
3:33 +1 George Hill made 1st of 2 free throws 56-61
3:33   George Hill missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:30   Defensive rebound by DeMar DeRozan  
3:15   DeMar DeRozan missed floating jump shot  
3:12   Defensive rebound by George Hill  
2:58 +2 Khris Middleton made jump shot 56-63
2:43 +2 DeMar DeRozan made driving layup 58-63
2:35 +3 Khris Middleton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by George Hill 58-66
2:35   Shooting foul on DeMar DeRozan  
2:35 +1 Khris Middleton made free throw 58-67
2:20 +3 Bryn Forbes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LaMarcus Aldridge 61-67
2:07 +2 Wesley Matthews made reverse layup, assist by Khris Middleton 61-69
1:48 +2 DeMar DeRozan made jump shot 63-69
1:32   Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:29   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
1:23 +2 Rudy Gay made jump shot 65-69
1:02   George Hill missed jump shot  
0:56   Offensive rebound by Robin Lopez  
0:56   Robin Lopez missed dunk  
0:55   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
0:48   Patty Mills missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:46   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
0:33 +2 Khris Middleton made floating jump shot 65-71
0:17   Personal foul on Wesley Matthews  
0:04   Shooting foul on Wesley Matthews  
0:04   DeMar DeRozan missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:04   SA team rebound  
0:04 +1 DeMar DeRozan made 2nd of 2 free throws 66-71
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:54 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made layup 66-73
11:35   Trey Lyles missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:32   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
11:23   Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:20   Defensive rebound by Trey Lyles  
11:06 +2 Lonnie Walker IV made fade-away jump shot 68-73
10:50   Shooting foul on DeMar DeRozan  
10:50 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 1st of 2 free throws 68-74
10:50 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 2nd of 2 free throws 68-75
10:39   LaMarcus Aldridge missed jump shot  
10:35   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
10:28   Wesley Matthews missed jump shot  
10:25   Defensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
10:21   Shooting foul on Wesley Matthews  
10:21 +1 DeMar DeRozan made 1st of 2 free throws 69-75
10:21 +1 DeMar DeRozan made 2nd of 2 free throws 70-75
10:12   Eric Bledsoe missed driving layup  
10:12   MIL team rebound  
10:12   Traveling violation turnover on Eric Bledsoe  
9:53   Lonnie Walker IV missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:50   Defensive rebound by Brook Lopez  
9:42   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed reverse layup  
9:40