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Bucks bounce back, beat Spurs in Texas

Giannis Antetokunmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. (AFP)

Dallas 103, Toronto 95

Milwaukee 121, San Antonio 111

Portland 134, Phoenix 105

Memphis 120, LA Clippers 114

Cleveland 101, Atlanta 95

Indiana 102, Miami 91 (OT)

Minnesota 96, New Orleans 89

Chicago 97, Detroit 82

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Khris Middleton scored 28 points and all five Milwaukee starters finished in double figures as the injury-hit Bucks beat the San Antonio Spurs, 121-111, on Saturday night.

Devin Vassell #24 of the San Antonio Spurs fouls Kris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks. (AFP)

Giannis Antetokounmpo chipped in 21 points for the defending NBA champion Bucks, who used a strong fourth quarter run to seize control against the Spurs after suffering through a blowout loss to Miami two nights earlier.

“Just find a way to bounce back,” Middleton said. “It’s just how you adjust, how you respond to that. I think tonight, for the most part, the effort was in the right place.”

Jrue Holiday and Pat Connaughton each scored 16 points, reserve George Hill scored 15 and Grayson Allen added 10 points for Milwaukee.

The banged-up Bucks played without starting centER Brook Lopez and Donte DiVincenzo and Bobby Portis, who usually contribute scoring off the bench.

Milwaukee built a 101-91 lead at the 8:40 mark of the fourth to take command of the contest in front of a crowd of 18,300 at the AT&T Center in Texas. 

The game was the second of a road-home back-to-back for the Spurs, who flew back to San Antonio Saturday morning after a loss in Denver on Friday.

Elsewhere, the Cleveland Cavaliers posted their first win of the new season, with a 101-95 win over the Atlanta Hawks thanks largely to a 23-point performance from Ricky Rubio.

Rubio shot nine-of-15 from the floor and added eight assists as Cleveland halted a two game losing skid.

Rookie Evan Mobley finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds and Jarrett Allen had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Collin Sexton, Kevin Love and Lauri Markkanen each scored 12. 

Trae Young led the Hawks with 24 points, including 15 in the first half. Cam Reddish came off the bench to score 19 but Cleveland struggled shooting the ball, making just 10 of 34 from the three-point line.

In Toronto, Luka Doncic compiled 27 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds as the visiting Dallas Mavericks defeated the Toronto Raptors, 103-95.

Tim Hardaway added 25 points for the Mavericks, who won for the first time this season after losing their opener Thursday in Atlanta.

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Written by Tempo Desk

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