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Brogdon clutch hoops finally put down Spurs

Malcolm Brogdon gave Milwaukee its first lead of the fourth quarter with a driving layup with 3:13 left, then drilled the clinching 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left, lifting the Bucks to a 135-129 victory over the San Antonio Spurs Saturday night at Fiserv Forum.

The Bucks (14-5) finished a six-game home stand at 4-2 and have yet to lose consecutive games this season.

The Spurs fell to 9-10.

After jumping out to a 26-11 lead in the first quarter, the Bucks for nearly all of the third quarter and the first 8-plus minutes of the fourth.

Brogdon finally gave the Bucks the lead, 121-120, driving the left side of the lane and lofting a left-handed layup high off the glass.

DeMar DeRozan gave the Spurs the lead back for a moment with a running banker, but Giannis Antetokounmpo made two free throws with 2:44 left. A steal by Sterling Brown eventually led to a 3-pointer by Khris Middleton to make it 126-122.

The Bucks were clinging to a 131-129 lead after Bryn Forbes’ jumper with 29.8 seconds left, before Eric Bledsoe drove into the lane and somehow got the ball to Brogdon on the right wing. He buried the 3-pointer to finally clinch the victory.

Trailing, 114-104, after DeRozan’s pullup jumper with 7:20 left, the Bucks responded with a 24-8 run during which Antetokounmpo scored 13 points. Antetokounmpo capped the run with a finger-roll layup that made it 128-122 with 1:52 left.

Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 34 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists. Brogdon added 23 points, Middleton had 21 and Bledsoe 20.

DeRozan led the Spurs with 34 points, and Forbes added 18. Davis Bertans scored 17 off the bench for San Antonio, including 15 in the first half.


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