Bucks vs. Spurs – Match Recap – October 23, 2021
SAN ANTONIO – – Khris Middleton scored 28 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 21 and the Milwaukee Bucks held on to beat the San Antonio Spurs 121-111 on Saturday night.
Doug McDermott scored 25 points and Keldon Johnson added 20 for San Antonio, who lost their second straight win after a season-opener home win over Orlando.
The Bucks deflected several points from Spurs to claim their second double-digit victory. Every Milwaukee starter scored in double digits and George Hill added 15 points off the bench.
Hill and Jordan Nwora gave the Bucks a needed boost from the bench, while Jrue Holiday and Grayson Allen were seated. Nwora finished with seven points, six rebounds, two blocks and an assist in 21 minutes.
Milwaukee shot 53% from the field and 43% from 3 points.
San Antonio struggled from a distance for the second straight game, shooting 10 for 39.
The Bucks drove an 11-2 run after the Spurs closed 91-90 on Devin Vassell’s 11-foot jumper 2 minutes into the final quarter. San Antonio made a turnaround and was charged with a clear path fault during the race.
Vassell finished with four points. Lonnie Walker IV added 17 points for San Antonio.
McDermott scored a pair of 3 consecutive points in the first quarter and repeated the feat in the last period. He finished 7 for 11 over 3s.
Bucks: Milwaukee center Brook Lopez missed his second straight game with a back injury. Coach Mike Budenholzer has said the 14-year-old veteran will not play in Indiana on Monday as the Bucks complete a three-game trip. … Nwora landed his second block of the season in the first half, sprinting down the field after a turnaround, blocking a Tre Jones layup attempt. Nwora crushed the attempt against the back panel to prevent what appeared to be a safe basket. Nwora crushed the short jumper Jakob Poeltl 3 minutes from the end of the first half for his third block.
Spurs: Walker was fouled with a flagrant foul against Antetokoumpo in the dying minute of the first half following a video review. Antetokoumpo fell onto the pitch after Walker pulled his left arm from behind as the Bucks All-Star passed him to the rim. Walker reached out after the game, but Antetokoumpo refused help and instead waited for two teammates, even as Walker continued to extend his right hand. … Bryn Forbes’ 3-pointer with 5 minutes left in the third quarter was his first points since Game 3 of last season’s NBA Finals, when he was with Milwaukee. … San Antonio had a different top scorer in each of their first three games.
Bucks: In Indiana on Monday.
Spurs: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.