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Giannis returns, Bucks hold on for 106-103 win over Spurs

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo went up for a dunk a couple minutes into the game and showed his right ankle was just fine.

The way that the All-Star forward and the rest of the Milwaukee Bucks finished off the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday may prove to be just as important for a team heading out for an important West Coast road trip.

Antetokounmpo returned from a one-game absence with an ankle injury to score 25 points, and the Bucks' held on after building a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter for a 106-103 win.

''We got stops to win the game,'' center John Henson said. ''We held the ship together, tried to make it as tough as possible on them down the stretch.''

The Spurs trailed by 15 points with 8 minutes left before rallying to get within three with 35 seconds left on Pau Gasol's putback.

Eric Bledsoe missed a 3-pointer on the other end for the Bucks. San Antonio rushed down court to get one last shot off, but Milwaukee's Khris Middleton blocked Dejounte Murray's 3-point attempt from the right wing with 3.7 seconds left.

The loss snapped the Spurs' six-game winning streak.

''Sometimes we opt to just take it when the defense can't get set and look for a shot,'' coach Gregg Popovich said about the final play. ''But we didn't react well to that. Because of that, I probably should have called a timeout.''

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 34 points for the Spurs. Gasol had 22 on 10-of-15 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds.

The Bucks built just enough of a cushion in the third quarter, when they shot 64 percent (16 of 25) and outhustled the Spurs defensively for loose balls and deflections. Bledsoe scored 11 of his 23 points in the third.

This was exactly how Bucks coach Joe Prunty wanted his team to finish against a perennial playoff contender before departing on a four-game road swing. Milwaukee is trying to move up from the eighth and final playoff spot in the East with nine games left in the regular season.

The Bucks have won two straight after losing two straight.

''Now we're feeling good about ourselves,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''This road trip is going to be big for us.''

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Spurs: Popovich praised Prunty for his meticulousness. Prunty got his start in the NBA as a video coordinator for the Spurs, spending nine seasons in San Antonio and eventually being promoted to assistant coach. ''He was a real work horse, somebody who understood what I wanted and how to find it,'' Popovich said.

Bucks: F Jabari Parker returned to the bench after starting one game for the injured Antetokounmpo. He finished with eight points in 18 minutes. ... The Bucks outscored the Spurs 27-15 in the first quarter, a rare good start for a team that has not played well to open games in recent weeks.

SPURS' SLOPPY STARTS

The Bucks' ball movement was crisp for stretches. They played aggressively in the pivotal third against the Spurs' zone thanks in large part to Bledsoe's quickness. It was the second straight game the Spurs allowed 41 points in a quarter, tying a season high given up to the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

Trailing by 12 points after the first quarter, the Spurs held the Bucks to 1-of-10 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc during the period and tied the game at 47-all at halftime.

''A couple of those runs, we couldn't weather the storm, we gave them a head-start in the first and third quarter,'' guard Patty Mills said.

GIANNIS' ANKLE

Antetokounmpo said he wasn't 100 percent, but still felt good enough to record his 37th double-double of the season after grabbing 10 rebounds.

UP NEXT

Spurs: Visit the Washington Wizards on Tuesday.

Bucks: Begin a four-game trip against Western Conference teams by visiting the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

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Key Players
L. Aldridge
12 PF
K. Middleton
22 SF
36.5 Min. Per Game 36.5
20.1 Pts. Per Game 20.1
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
5.2 Reb. Per Game 5.2
50.8 Field Goal % 47.0
50.7 Three Point % 46.9
83.5 Free Throw % 87.9
  Defensive rebound by John Henson 0:00
  Danny Green missed dunk 0:00
  Offensive rebound by Danny Green 0:00
  Dejounte Murray missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Khris Middleton 0:03
  Defensive rebound by Dejounte Murray 0:09
  Eric Bledsoe missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:12
+ 2 Pau Gasol made dunk 0:35
  Offensive rebound by Pau Gasol 0:35
  Patty Mills missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:36
  Team rebound 0:44
  Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:44
Team Stats
Points 103 106
Field Goals 41-92 (44.6%) 42-86 (48.8%)
3-Pointers 4-17 (23.5%) 9-27 (33.3%)
Free Throws 17-21 (81.0%) 13-18 (72.2%)
Total Rebounds 61 43
Offensive 20 9
Defensive 33 28
Team 8 6
Assists 16 27
Steals 4 6
Blocks 2 6
Turnovers 12 10
Fouls 17 18
Technicals 0 1
34 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
25 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Spurs 43-31 15322828103
home team logo Bucks 39-34 27204118106
Team Stats
away team logo Spurs 43-31 96.8 PPG 37.6 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Bucks 39-34 101.9 PPG 38.6 RPG 22.0 APG
Key Players
L. Aldridge PF 23.1 PPG 8.5 RPG 2.0 APG 51.0 FG%
G. Antetokounmpo PF 26.9 PPG 10.0 RPG 4.8 APG 52.9 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Aldridge PF 34 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
G. Antetokounmpo PF 25 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
44.6 FG% 48.8
23.5 3PT FG% 33.3
81.0 FT% 72.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 31 34 7 2 0 1 0 3 12/21 0/0 10/12 4 3 46 +1
D. Green 28 13 6 2 0 1 3 2 4/11 3/8 2/2 3 3 21 -3
D. Murray 29 10 9 3 2 0 1 3 4/9 0/1 2/2 0 9 26 +7
K. Anderson 24 6 6 0 1 0 2 0 3/6 0/0 0/0 3 3 11 -2
P. Mills 31 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 1/6 1/4 1/1 0 0 7 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 31 34 7 2 0 1 0 3 12/21 0/0 10/12 4 3 46 +1
D. Green 28 13 6 2 0 1 3 2 4/11 3/8 2/2 3 3 21 -3
D. Murray 29 10 9 3 2 0 1 3 4/9 0/1 2/2 0 9 26 +7
K. Anderson 24 6 6 0 1 0 2 0 3/6 0/0 0/0 3 3 11 -2
P. Mills 31 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 1/6 1/4 1/1 0 0 7 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Gasol 24 22 13 2 0 0 2 2 10/15 0/1 2/4 7 6 37 +8
R. Gay 18 10 7 0 1 0 0 1 5/12 0/1 0/0 3 4 18 -7
M. Ginobili 15 2 1 3 0 0 1 2 1/5 0/1 0/0 0 1 8 -7
T. Parker 18 2 3 0 0 0 2 1 1/5 0/0 0/0 0 3 3 -12
D. Bertans 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 +1
B. Forbes 16 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 4 -4
K. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lauvergne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hilliard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Paul - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 103 53 16 4 2 12 17 41/92 4/17 17/21 20 33 182 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 37 25 10 3 1 0 3 3 9/16 3/4 4/5 2 8 39 +6
E. Bledsoe 31 23 3 5 1 0 3 2 9/15 1/3 4/6 0 3 34 +17
K. Middleton 36 19 7 4 2 1 0 2 8/15 2/5 1/1 1 6 37 +11
J. Henson 29 10 6 4 1 3 3 3 5/8 0/0 0/0 3 3 25 +12
J. Terry 29 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 1/6 1/5 0/0 0 0 8 +6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 37 25 10 3 1 0 3 3 9/16 3/4 4/5 2 8 39 +6
E. Bledsoe 31 23 3 5 1 0 3 2 9/15 1/3 4/6 0 3 34 +17
K. Middleton 36 19 7 4 2 1 0 2 8/15 2/5 1/1 1 6 37 +11
J. Henson 29 10 6 4 1 3 3 3 5/8 0/0 0/0 3 3 25 +12
J. Terry 29 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 1/6 1/5 0/0 0 0 8 +6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Muhammad 10 8 4 1 0 0 0 0 3/7 0/3 2/2 2 2 14 -12
J. Parker 18 8 2 3 0 2 0 2 3/6 1/2 1/2 0 2 18 -5
B. Jennings 14 5 2 2 0 0 0 1 2/6 1/4 0/0 0 2 11 -12
T. Maker 13 5 2 0 0 0 1 1 2/5 0/1 1/2 1 1 6 -10
T. Zeller 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +1
T. Snell 13 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 5 +1
M. Brogdon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dellavedova - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
X. Munford - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 106 37 27 6 6 10 18 42/86 9/27 13/18 9 28 199 +15