MILWAUKEE (AP) -- San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich skipped the
replays. He already knew his team had lost.
Tim Duncan had an apparent winning dunk as time expired waved
off after officials reviewed the play, giving the Milwaukee Bucks a
93-92 victory over the Spurs on Monday night.
"It was late," Popovich said. "It wasn't good. It was pretty
obvious. We left afterward because I knew it wasn't good. The light
came off when it was in his hand."
Replays showed Duncan still had the ball in his hand when the
light atop the backboard was lit, signifying the game was over and
giving the Bucks their 13th home win in 14 games.
The crowd and the Bucks players celebrated after official
Bennett Salvatore waved off the basket
"Thank God for instant replay," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter
said. "It was hard for me to tell with the naked eye, but then I
saw the replay. Thank the rules committee for that one."
Tim Thomas led Milwaukee with 22 points and eight rebounds.
Michael Redd had 21 points for Milwaukee, including a driving
basket over Duncan with 21.9 seconds left that proved to be the
Tony Parker scored a season-high 26 points for San Antonio, and
Duncan added 22. The Spurs, however, were just 15-of-27 from the
With Milwaukee trailing 92-91, Redd had the ball at the 3-point
line when he drove toward the hoop. Duncan cut him off in the
lane,but Redd scooped the ball under the center's outstretched arm
and hit the shot.
San Antonio called timeout to set up its final play. Duncan, who
had 17 second-half points, had his shot blocked out of bounds by
Joe Smith with 2.8 seconds left.
"I tried to force him in one direction," Smith said. "I knew
if I could just cut him off, he'd go up and I would try to make him
take a tough shot."
The Spurs inbounded the ball to Duncan. He drove past Brian
Skinner and down the lane for a one-handed dunk that turned out to
be a split-second too late.
"Tim tried to dunk it, which actually helped us out," Redd
said. "He could have layed it in but he tried to dunk it. I knew
the light went off."
Parker's 3-pointer, his fourth of the game, gave San Antonio its
first lead of the half, 89-88, with 3:30 to play.
Redd hit a basket as he was falling down just inside the 3-point
line for a 90-89 lead with 1:18 remaining.
Robert Horry hit a 3-pointer from the corner to give San Antonio
a 92-90 lead with 40 seconds left.
Thomas was then fouled away from the ball, but he made one of
two free throws to cut the Spurs' lead to 92-91 with 35.4 seconds
"I hope teams continue to come in and say, 'Oh, we got
Milwaukee. This and that," Thomas said. "I hope every team
continues to do that."
^Notes:@ San Antonio jumped out to a 16-2 lead, but Milwaukee went
on a 27-5 run to take a 29-21 lead early in the second quarter. ...
Popovich was called for a technical foul after Duncan was fouled on
a dunk with 6:23 left in the game. ... Milwaukee is 6-9 against the
West. ... San Antonio had won its last three games against
Milwaukee. The Bucks' season low for points came in an 89-74 loss
in San Antonio on Dec. 28. ... The Spurs are 12-11 on the road.