SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Manu Ginobili scored 21 points and the San Antonio Spurs routed the Milwaukee Bucks 113-88 on Sunday night.
Michael Finley added 17 points and Tim Duncan had 16 points for the Spurs, who led by double digits for the last three quarters.
Mo Williams scored 17 points for the Bucks and Michael Redd had 14 points.
The Bucks had lost four of their last five in San Antonio heading into Sunday’s matchup, but won both games against the Spurs last season.
The Spurs were up 65-38 at the half, and with the Spurs shooting about 60 percent and the Bucks around 40 percent, it only got worse for Milwaukee in the third quarter. Ginobili hit another 3, and two free throws apiece from Parker and Francisco Elson gave the Spurs a 40-point cushion with 2:59 left in the period.
But Williams and Redd led a 10-0 run for the Bucks in the final 2 1/2 minutes of the quarter to reduce the deficit to 91-61 with 12 minutes to play.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich took out all of his starters for the beginning of the fourth, and the Bucks were able to take advantage — to a point. Bobby Simmons hit two 3s over in a 1:10 span to help cut the Spurs’ lead to 97-72 with 9:08 left.
The Bucks got within 23 points several times in the fourth, but no closer.
The Spurs took the lead for good when Finley’s 3 with 8:06 left in the first broke a 10-all tie.
Yi Jianlian scored 13 points and Andrew Bogut added 10 for Milwaukee.
Elson, Tony Parker and rookie Ian Mahinmi each had 12 points for the Spurs. Darius Washington had 11.
The Spurs went up 36-24 at the end of the first quarter as Ginobili hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer. He scored seven points in just over two minutes in the opening period.
Ginobili continued to produce in the second, scoring 11 points, including another 3-pointer. His layup with 56 seconds left in the half put the Spurs up 64-36, their biggest lead of the half.
Williams led the Bucks with 10 points at the half.