Malcolm Brogdon’s key layup to give the Bucks their first lead of the fourth quarter, and Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring 13 of his 34 points during a 24-8 run that gave the Bucks the lead for good provided the obvious keys to Milwaukee’s 135-129 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. But digging deeper, plenty of other made big plays that meant the difference between victory and defeat.
— Sterling Brown’s 11 points included a huge 3-pointer during the 24-8 run that proved to be decisive. He also had his one steal of the game, leading to Khris Middleton’s 3-pointer that made it 126-122 with 2:20 left.
— The whistles finally rewarded the Bucks for going inside. At one point, the Spurs held a 25-9 advantage in free throws attempted. The Bucks finished with a 29-28 margin, with Antetokounmpo making 10 of 13 in the fourth quarter. Eric Bledsoe took a technical foul after a questionable call against Thon Maker with 3:25 left in the third quarter. From that point on, the Bucks shot 20 free throws, the Spurs just three. In the fourth quarter, the Bucks shot 17 free throws, the Spurs none.
— Matthew Dellavedova is not a part of the regular rotation, but with rookie Donte DiVincenzo out with a strained quadriceps, Dellavedova has been seeing some action. He played 10 minutes Saturday and made both of his shots, including a big 3-pointer in the fourth quarter after the Spurs had taken their biggest lead.
— Eric Bledsoe posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 assists, and no assist was bigger than the one he sent to Brogdon for the clinching 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left. How did he get that ball to Brogdon?