LAMARCUS Aldridge came up with two huge defensive stops and the go-ahead bucket to help San Antonio erase a 15-point deficit and stun Milwaukee, 97-96, as the Spurs kept undefeated on the road on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Spurs held the Bucks scoreless for the last 2:25 minutes of the game, with Aldridge getting a steal off Jabari Parker and Kawhi Leonard sinking both free throws to bring the Spurs within one, 96-85, at the 1:09 mark. Then Aldridge blocked a Parker layup on the next play, grabbed a key offensive rebound off a Leonard miss and scored the game-winning basket after Giannis Antetokounmpo was called for a goaltend on his hook shot with 21.2 seconds remaining. Mirza Teletovic missed a three at the buzzer to seal the deal for San Antonio.
The Spurs trailed big early when the Bucks turned a 24-26 first quarter deficit into 48-35 halftime lead after holding San Antonio to just nine points in the second period while scoring 24. The Bucks then led by as much as 15, 57-42, at the 7:26 mark of the third frame before the Spurs fought their way back and closed the gap to two, 73-71, entering the fourth.
Leonard led the Spurs with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Aldridge added 18 markers, nine boards and five assists. Pau Gasol also chipped 15 to help San Antonio win its third straight game and improve to a 17-4 record, 12-0 on the road.
Parker had 23 points to lead all scorers and Antetokounmpo added 22 markers and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who saw their four-game win streak snapped and fell to 10-9. Teletovic and Greg Monroe added 11 and 10 points, respectively off the bench.