Bucks lose a thriller to Spurs 97-96

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks let a 15-point lead slip away and the San Antonio Spurs won in Milwaukee on Monday night 97-96.  The loss snapped the Bucks (10-9) four-game win streak. LaMarcus Aldridge was credited for the go-ahead basket with 21.2 seconds left after Giannis Antetokounmpo was whistled for goaltending.

The Bucks had one last shot to retake the lead, but Mirza Teletovic missed an open 3-pointer from the right corner with 3.9 seconds left. Aldridge secured the rebound and the Spurs ran out the clock.

San Antonio extended its season-opening road winning streak to 12 games in thrilling fashion.

Jabari Parker led the Bucks with 23 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo, who sat on the bench for much of the 4th quarter with five fouls, finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Greg Monroe added 10 points and 13 boards off the bench.

San Antonio’s David Bertans and Milwaukee’s Michael Beasley were ejected for their roles in a 3rd quarter shoving match.

Earlier in the day Milwaukee’s Antetokounmpo was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 24.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 3.7 steals and 3.0 blocks per game. The Bucks went 3-0 last week, including a 17-point home win over the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Bucks host Portland on Wednesday. Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts was the Bucks’ head coach from 2005-07.