The San Antonio Spurs made up for their poor loss to the Knicks the night previous on Wednesday night with a 114-103 road win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
It was a great offense effort from the Spurs who managed to score 50 points in the paint and shoot 50% from the field, 40% from behind the arc.
San Antonio was able to find the bucket easily throughout the game but it was really the second quarter where they began to flex their muscles. During the second, the Spurs were able to outscore the Bucks 36-26. that ended up being the difference in the game as the final margin was 11 points.
Now that the game is over, let’s take a look at our studs and duds of the game, along with key statistics.
Studs of the Game
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs had many solid individual performances against the Milwaukee Bucks. One of the better of those came from Danny Green. The former second-round pick contributed 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Rising star Giannis Antetokounmpo had a great game for the Bucks despite his team losing. The 2015 Slam Dunk participant nearly recorded a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds in the game. The Greek Freak also did a great job containing Kawhi Leonard who has been hot in recent games, limiting the 2014 Finals MVP to 14 points on 3-of-8 shooting.
Duds of the Game
San Antonio Spurs
While there were not many Spurs that played bad against the Bucks, Kawhi Leonard put together a surprisingly disappointing performance against Milwaukee. Leonard has been playing well as of late but could not seem to find his rhythm, only scoring 14 points on 3-of-8 shooting. It wasn’t a bad game from the former first round pick but this award has to go to someone.
Michael Carter-Williams had one of the more disappointing games for the Bucks on Wednesday night, shooting a poor 3-of-9 from the field for 11 points. Last season’s Rookie of the Year also struggled with turnovers, committing four in the game. It wasn’t his worst performance of the season but it definitely could have been better.
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8: That’s the number of turnovers the Spurs committed against the Bucks. San Antonio did an excellent job with ball control, limiting their giveaways. The Bucks did a great job keeping close distance to the Spurs and winning things like the turnover battle is key to put the game in your favor.
9: That’s the difference in rebounding between the two teams. Milwaukee won the rebounding battle against San Antonio 43-34. This connects back to the point about turnovers. Had the Spurs committed more giveaways, this final score could be looking awfully different especially given the rebounding differential.
27: That’s the number off assists the Spurs totaled in this game. San Antonio not only did an excellent job with ball control, they also did a great job with ball movement. The Spurs assisted on 27 of their 38 field goals, 71%. When you are passing the ball around like that, you become a tough team to beat, especially when you throw in the kind of talent San Antonio has.