Tim Duncan had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the Spurs halted the Milwaukee Bucks’ three-game winning streak with a 112-98 victory last night in San Antonio.
Matt Bonner had 23 points off the bench and the Spurs won consecutive games for only the second time this season. They also finally took advantage of a big night from Duncan, having previously been 0-4 when the All-Star scored 20 or more.
Ersan Illyasova led Milwaukee with 20 points. Brandon Jennings scored 12, held well below his rookie-leading average of 25.3 points per game. Michael Redd scored 4 points in his first action in nine games. The former All-Star strained a tendon in his left knee when he went up for a dunk during Milwaukee’s first game of the season.
George Hill had 14 points off the bench for the Spurs, who blew out their opponent for the second time in as many games.
Redd played 11 minutes off the bench and showed a predictable bit of rust while playing for the first time in four weeks. His first shot was a jumper that badly missed the rim, and he finished 1 of 3 from the field and made just one of six free throws.
Trail Blazers 122, Bulls 98 - Greg Oden tied a career high with 24 points and LaMarcus Aldridge also had 24 to help host Portland beat Chicago.
Oden, the first pick of the 2007 NBA draft, missed one of his eight shots from the field and added 12 rebounds. Aldridge pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Blazers had five players score in double figures. Brandon Roy had 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while Andre Miller scored 16 and Rudy Fernandez 13.
Luol Deng scored 25 points and John Salmons added 22 for the Bulls.
Chicago made its first nine shots in the third quarter and cut its deficit to 80-75. But the Blazers closed the period on a 10-5 spurt to take a 10-point lead heading into the fourth before blowing the game open.
Clippers 91, Timberwolves 87 - Al Thornton scored 31 points and Baron Davis made a clinching layup with 8.5 seconds left after missing his first nine shots to help host Los Angeles extend Minnesota’s losing streak to 13 games.
Grizzlies 116, Kings 105 - Rudy Gay scored 24 points, O.J. Mayo added 20, and host Memphis sent Sacramento to its fourth straight loss.