MILWAUKEE (AP) — With Tim Duncan rediscovering his shot at the same time the Bucks collectively lost theirs, the result was predictable.
Duncan had 21 points and 16 rebounds while playing just 24 minutes — single-handedly outscoring the Bucks starters — and Tony Parker added 15 points in the San Antonio Spurs' 109-77 rout of Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
"I made some early and it helps," said Duncan, who hit 9 of 12 shots in earning his 770th double-double, the most among active players. "My shot's starting to come around a little bit. The first 20 games it hadn't been there, so I hope that it stays with me."
Milwaukee starters Khris Middleton, Ekpe Udoh, John Henson, O.J. Mayo and Brandon Knight combined for 19 points on 7-for-28 shooting. Forward Ersan Ilyasova, who logged a team-high 38 minutes, made just 3 of 16 shots.
"We did not compete on a high level tonight," said Bucks coach Larry Drew, whose injury-riddled team trailed wire-to-wire for the third time this season. "We can't use excuses of injuries or having played last night. We faced a real good basketball team tonight, but the disappointment lies in the fact that we didn't compete at a high level. We didn't lay it on the line. We didn't play as hard as we should have."
San Antonio had lost three of its last six games after starting the season 13-1, but dominated from the opening tip, scoring the first nine points. An 8-0 run extended the Spurs lead to 27-10.
The Bucks trailed 32-16 after one quarter. The Spurs held a 17-4 rebounding advantage in the opening period, when the Bucks managed just one defensive rebound.
Duncan had 12 points and eight rebounds in the first quarter. His six field goals in the period matched the Bucks' team total.
"He can do it outside, he can do it outside," Drew said. "He's a good rebounder, he's a good passer. I actually thought he moved up and down the floor as well as I've seen him move up and down the floor in some time. It just seems like he continues to get better and better, and I have not seen any slippage in his game."
The Bucks pulled within 41-30 on two free throws by Miroslav Raduljica, but the Spurs responded with a 10-0 run to lead 51-30 with 4:18 left in the half. The Bucks went scoreless for 4:02 during the Spurs' surge, missing all five shot attempts and committing three turnovers.
The Spurs led 63-40 at the half and extended it to 92-54 entering the final period.