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Spurs halt Bucks' win streak at 3

TIM Duncan scored 24 points and had 12 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs beat Milwaukee 112-98 on Monday to end the Bucks' three-game winning streak.

Reserve Matt Bonner chipped in with 23 points, including six three-pointers, as the Spurs managed to make it back to back wins for just the first time this season to improve to 6-6.

"We're moving the ball really well. We have really good shooters and when we can get those guys open shots it's best for us," Duncan told reporters.

"We're also getting a lot of good play from our bench and that's what we're going to need if we're going to win games like this."

In other National Basketball Association games, it was: Grizzlies 116, Kings 105; Trail Blazers 122, Bulls 98; and Clippers 91, Timberwolves 87.

In San Antonio, Texas, Ersan Ilyasova top scored for Milwaukee (8-4) with 20 points while rookie Brandon Jennings added 12, well down on his 25.3 season average and his 55-point haul against the Golden State Warriors earlier this month.

"I don't think he (Jennings) was forcing shots. He went to the rim a few times in transition and came up empty," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said.

"They played pretty good defense on him. He had some looks that he has been making and just missed tonight."

The Spurs trailed 49-50 at halftime but surged ahead with a 37-24 advantage in the third quarter, featuring 15 points from Duncan.

George Hill finished with 14 points off the bench for San Antonio which also got 11 apiece from Roger Mason and Richard Jefferson who was playing against his old team after being traded from Milwaukee in the offseason.

In Memphis, Tennessee, Rudy Gay scored 24 points and O J Mayo added 20 as Memphis sent Sacramento to its fourth straight loss.

Rookie Tyreke Evans led the Kings with 28 points, connecting on 10-of-18 from the field, and Sergio Rodriguez had 16 points and seven assists.

In Portland, Oregon, Greg Oden tied a career high with 24 points and LaMarcus Aldridge also had 24 to help Portland beat Chicago.

Luol Deng scored 25 points and John Salmons added 22 for the Bulls.

In Los Angeles, Al Thornton scored 31 points and Baron Davis made a clinching layup with 8.5 seconds remaining after missing his first nine shots to help the Clippers extend Minnesota's losing streak to 13 games.


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