Johnson leads Spurs past injury-riddled Bucks 111-93


SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Keldon Johnson scored 29 points and the San Antonio Spurs snapped a five-game skid by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 111-93 on Friday night.

Devin Vassell had 22 points in San Antonio’s first win since Oct. 30. Jakob Poeltl added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Milwaukee played without Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, Kris Middleton, Pat Connaughton, Grayson Allen, Joe Ingles and AJ Green due to health issues.

“We loved the win,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “It was great. Our guys played well. Of course they were under-equipped like crazy, but you go out and play whoever is over there. They came to win, (they’re) deep, obviously well coached. They had a great chance to go and do that thing (and win a championship).”

Jevon Carter scored 21 points for the Bucks and Brook Lopez had 19. Bobby Portis finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

San Antonio was 12 for 31 on 3-pointers, including 5 for 8 by Johnson. Spurs also ruled out the Bucks’ quick break, holding a 21-0 advantage.

Milwaukee shot a record 33% from the field, which Popovich attributed to good defense and a depleted opponent.

The Spurs outscored the Bucks 28-17 in the fourth. Johnson made a 3-pointer and a float jumper to make it 101-83 with 4:39 left.

Milwaukee trailed 75-54 midway through the third quarter.

“When we were down 21, that’s when you think, ‘Maybe tonight is going to be a bad night,'” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

San Antonio dominated the paint early with Antetokounmpo sidelined for the second straight game with a sore left knee. In the first half, the Spurs had a 28-8 advantage in the paint and had nine blocks while the Bucks had just two.

“We knew they were going to come out, they still have good players,” Johnson said. “They won a championship. We knew they knew how to win, so we knew if we came out lazy it could be a long night for us.


Allen was listed in the starting lineup by the PA announcer but was scratched due to a non-COVID-19 illness.

Budenholzer learned that Allen was unable to play 30 seconds before the whistleblower.

“Grayson just had a stomach problem,” Budenholzer said. “I saw him leave. I just thought sometimes guys would go for the locker room for a quick second before they jumped the ball. Of course, it was more than that. »


Spurs reserve center Charles Bassey recorded a career-high 14 rebounds. He also tied a career high with four blocks to go with five runs in 18 minutes.

The Spurs signed Bassey after the Philadelphia 76ers waived him on Oct. 13.


Bucks: Holiday (right ankle sprain), Middleton (left wrist ligament surgery), Connaughton (strained right calf), Ingle (left knee ACL surgery) and Green (nasal fracture surgery) all sat out due to injuries. … G Justin Nwora made his first start of the season in place of Allen. … Budenholzer and the Bucks were baffled by a late call that resulted in a technical foul with 2.5 seconds left in the first quarter. A ball was rebounded by an official after the second of George Hill’s free throws, but it did not appear intentional.

Spurs: Johnson has a 3-pointer in 29 straight games, the second-longest streak in franchise history behind Danny Green’s 32 straight in 2012. Chuck Person had 28 straight in 1996. … F Jeremy Sochan dyed her hair pink to match the trim on Spurs’ City Edition uniforms, which paid homage to the franchise that hosted the 1996 NBA All-Star Game at the Alamodome. … Former Spurs F Paul Pressey was present and honored by the team between first quarters as part of the team’s 50th anniversary celebration. Pressey played for San Antonio in 1990 and 1991 as part of his 11-year NBA career.


Bucks: Host Atlanta on Monday.

Spurs: At Golden State on Monday.

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