SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- While San Antonio has figured out most of the
rest of the NBA, the Spurs can't seem to solve the Milwaukee Bucks.
"They seem to get really excited when they play us," Spurs
center David Robinson said.
The Bucks have won five in a row over the Spurs, a streak that
dates to March 16, 1998.
"It's kind of hard to explain but we seem to do really well
against these guys," Cassell said.
"It was a typical San Antonio-Milwaukee game," David Robinson
said. "We missed a lot of good looks, and Milwaukee put on a
Tim Duncan scored 22 points and had 18 rebounds, David Robinson
added 21 and Steve Smith 20 for the Spurs (20-5), who came in with
the NBA's best record and are still off to the best start in
The Bucks trailed 73-70 after three quarters, but used an 8-0
run to start the fourth to take a lead they would never relinquish.
The loss was just the second at home for the Spurs.
San Antonio pulled to 78-76 on David Robinson's three-point
play. But Cassell and Glenn Robinson controlled the game from
"This was a win we had to have," Cassell said.
The two took turns hitting jumpers on five straight possessions,
and two free throws by Cassell gave Milwaukee a 96-88 lead with
2:48 to play. Tony Parker cut into the lead with a three-point
play, but Ervin Johnson's tip-in and a long 3-pointer by Cassell
put it away for the Bucks.
"They just kept making shots," Duncan said. "It seemed like
they didn't miss one tonight."
San Antonio shot 5-of-15 in the fourth quarter, while the Bucks
countered with 13-of-19 shooting in the final period.
Milwaukee's shooting percentage (54.4-percent) was the highest
the Spurs have allowed all season.
"When you allow a team to shoot the way Milwaukee did tonight
you're not going to win many games," David Robinson said. "We
didn't play very much defense."
Milwaukee G Ray Allen (knee tendinitis) missed his second
straight game. ... The Spurs' 10-game winning streak was the
longest in the NBA this season. ... Duncan recorded his
league-leading 21st double-double of the season. ... Milwaukee
leads the series with San Antonio 28-27. ... David Robinson's 21
points were a season high. ... San Antonio had only 10 points from
its reserves, 25 below its season average.