San Antonio (25 - 8)
Milwaukee (16 - 13)
(AP) -- Coming off another stifling defensive display, the San Antonio Spurs carry plenty of momentum into the new year.
The Spurs try to extend their season-high winning streak to seven Wednesday night as they open a two-game trek against the Milwaukee Bucks.
One night after cruising to a 111-86 win at Dallas, San Antonio (25-8) blew out Brooklyn 104-73 on New Year's Eve. Tony Parker scored 20 points to lead six players in double figures for the Spurs, who outscored the Nets 30-5 in the third quarter and allowed their fewest total points all season.
"We played great defense in the third quarter," Parker said. "We tried to make an effort defensively and coach (Gregg) Popovich has been talking a lot about that and it has been a huge improvement for us the last two games. Defense has been great and we are on the right track and we just have to keep it going."
Limiting foes to an average of 90.0 points during its run, San Antonio took advantage of an opportunity to rest most of its players Monday. Nobody played more than 26 minutes for a Spurs team in the midst of four games in five days.
"It was very important for us, especially since we have a long trip (Tuesday)," Manu Ginobili said. "We are going through a tough stretch but it is great to have a chance to sit most of the fourth."
The offense has also stepped up in the last six games, averaging 110.8 points on 53.7 percent shooting and 46.8 from 3-point range.
San Antonio has taken five of six from the Bucks (16-13) - including a 110-99 home win Dec. 5 behind 22 points apiece from Parker and Gary Neal. The Spurs, who visit New York on Thursday, have dropped four of seven at the Bradley Center, however, falling 106-103 during their last trip Jan. 10.
"It's gonna be two very tough games on the road," Parker said. "Milwaukee's playing well at home and New York, obviously, they're playing great at home. So it's gonna be two great tests for us and hopefully we don't party too hard (Monday night) and be ready for Milwaukee."
The Bucks finished December with a 6-2 home record after handily beating Brooklyn 108-93 last Wednesday and defending champion Miami 104-85 on Saturday. Milwaukee, though, came up short 96-94 at Detroit on Sunday in its final game of 2012.
Monta Ellis had 30 points and Ersan Ilyasova posted a season-high 24 off the bench, but Brandon Jennings was limited to nine - 8.6 fewer than his average - on 3-of-12 shooting. The Bucks were outscored 60-38 in the paint and outrebounded 47-33.
"It was more than a bad start, it was a bad 3 1/2 quarters," said coach Scott Skiles, whose team fell behind 13-0 to start the game. "They outplayed us except for maybe six to eight minutes the whole game."
The Bucks will likely need Jennings to come out with a more efficient effort if they hope to keep up Wednesday. Milwaukee is 3-10 when Jennings shoots under 36.1 percent compared to 13-3 when he tops that mark.
Jennings missed 10 of 15 shots and finished with 14 points against San Antonio last month. He's averaging 12.6 points - his second-lowest mark against any team - and shooting 33.3 percent in five matchups in this series.
While the Bucks are relatively healthy, the Spurs could be without Neal for a fifth straight game due to a strained right calf.
Stephen Jackson, who opened last season with Milwaukee before ultimately landing in San Antonio, has yet to face his former team. He missed the December game with a fractured right pinkie.
Last edited by Eddy from Austin; 01-02-13 at 12:38 PM.
Spurs need to take with them all that GREAT Momentum from the past road in Dallas and last Home win vs. Brooklyn and take it out on the Bucks in Milwaukee.
Def not an EASY win. It will be an Epic of PHYSICAL Eastern Team that will bring it at HOME so Spurs will need to Load all their Weapons!
NO FEAR SPURS ARMY TEAM will win in Milwaukee tonight!!!!
New Year = New Road Streak Wins for my Spurs!
Spurs TEAM Hustles DEFENSE again will make it happen!
Go Spurs Go!
Go Spurs Go!
Very Nice W for Spurs!
Tough Battle in Milwaukee as usual!!!
Spurs get hacked most of the time with little to no call. I am glad Spurs fought through that Grind and Finally Got that sweet W!!!
Although I was a little bit upset to see TD and Tony had to come back in the fourth to seal the W.... But hey they would be okay tomorrow for SPORADIC minutes since Stern would fine Pop to sit them down. I would hope Pop would manager their minutes and put them in the game for the first few minutes then sit them down for a while and mix and match the bench a WHOLE LOT to find a right combo....What else Pop got to do then...Pop needs to be creative there all eyes would be on the Spurs....
Give TP a lot of credit! Tony had a double double and played like an MVP!
I was greatly impressed with My main Man Tiago, He was simply AMAZING!
Timmy Duncan played an unbelievable out of his mind game. That was fantastic to watch!
Give K. Leonard also a whole lot of credit for his Great D and few buckets and steals... For all his Great HUSTLES!
Manu played fantastic on both ends, despite a lot of atrocious D on him he lifted the Spurs!
The Bench was partially good as few of them played few minutes and did not do much.
I am hoping the Bench players would play much better tomorrow night for a long time. We need them to BRING IT LOUD!!!!!
Go Spurs Go
Go Spurs Go!
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