The San Antonio Spurs erased a 15-point deficit to rally past a feisty Milwaukee Bucks to that was on the verge of handing the Spurs their first loss on the road this season. But, it was the play of the bench that helped propel the team to a win.
It was definitely a tail of two halves for the San Antonio Spurs. After scoring just 35 points in the first half, including nine in the second quarter, Kawhi Leonard and his teammates came out in the third exploding for 36, matching their first half total output.
A much needed team win for San Antonio as from points in the game, the Bucks looked as if they were going to be the team to hand the Spurs their first blemish of the season, on the road. But every player on the Spurs stepped their game up in the third and fourth quarters.
Deeper than that, the bench play could not be overlooked. Dewayne Dedmon whom was in a pushing match with Greg Monroe was a man on a mission down the stretch. He played a big part in putting the Spurs in position to win the game.
Whether it was attacking the glass to grab a rebound or being on an ends of lob pass from the Spurs guards, his energy was apparent.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 6, 2016
San Antonio trailed 57-42 with 7:27 left in the third before reserves Dedmon (10 points) and Nicholas Laprovittola (five assists) gave the team a spark.
What Dedmon has been doing against other teams has really helped the Spurs. As Popovich stated, he makes it harder for the other teams guard the Spurs because of the way he played during the win.
Dedmon ”made them guard a different way because he was at the rim. He was really special for us,” Popovich said.
San Antonio got 31 points from their bench.
Leonard who shot poorly throughout the game came alive when it matter down the stretch for the Spurs. He scored 16 of the Spurs 26 points in the final period.
The Bucks had one last chance to win the game. The Spurs left a wide open Teletovic in the corner for a three-point attempt where it hit the back iron.
LaMarcus Aldridge came down with the rebound to seal the one point win for San Antonio. It was a gut check moment for San Antonio as they move to 12-0 on the road and 17-4 overall.
They continue their three game road trip as they face a young Minnesota Timberwolves team tonight in another back-to-back.