MILWAUKEE, Jan. 26 (Ticker) --
The Bradley Center continues to be home
sweet home for the Milwaukee Bucks.
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Buzzer beats Duncan:
The Bucks completed an unbeaten three-game home stretch when Tim Duncan's
apparent game-winning dunk was ruled to have come just
after buzzer, enabling Milwaukee to post a 93-92 triumph over
the San Antonio Spurs.
Milwaukee ran the best home record in the Eastern Conference to
18-5 with the help of modern technology. San Antonio trailed
93-92 when Tony Parker
inbounded to Duncan, who faked Brian Skinner
into the air and sliced in for the dunk.
As Duncan's ball went through the rim, the Spurs appeared to
have their fourth straight win over Milwaukee. But replays
showed the ball was still in Duncan's hand as the clock expired
and, with San Antonio in the locker room, the basket was ruled
"Thank God for instant replay," Bucks coach Terry Porter said.
"It was hard for me to tell with the naked eye, but then I saw
the replay. It was close but obviously they looked at the
replay. I couldn't tell, it was really close."
"It was late," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "It wasn't good.
It was pretty obvious. We left afterwards, I knew it wasn't
good. The light went off when it was in his hand."
Duncan was willing to accept the ruling.
"I thought I got it off right as the horn went off," Duncan
said. "I guess it looked like it was a half second too slow. I
had to go to the basket considering that we had only three
seconds, I thought I made the move fast enough to the rim, I
thought I had plenty of time."
had 22 points and Michael Redd
21 for Milwaukee,
which has won 13 of its last 14 home games and five of seven
"The more we win at home, the more the crowd's going to come out
to support us, which is great," Porter said.
"We have good fan support and we try to give them what they want
to see," Bucks forward Joe Smith said. "Now, we need to do that
on the road."
Parker had 26 and Duncan 22 for San Antonio, which began a
stretch in which nine of its next 11 games are on the road.
San Antonio looked like it was going to blow out Milwaukee,
scoring 16 of the game's first 18 points. But the Bucks battled
back and had the game tied, 21-21 after 12 minutes.
Tim Thomas had six points and Desmond Mason
five in a 20-12
spurt that closed the second quarter and left Milwaukee with a
52-44 halftime edge.
The Bucks still held an 85-79 lead with 6 1/2 minutes left but
San Antonio rallied and took an 89-88 lead on a jumper by Parker
with 3:33 to go. The lead seesawed into the final minute when
a layup by Redd with 21 seconds to go gave Milwaukee a 93-92
"Coach designed it to get the ball in my hands, and (Robert)
Horry switched out and rather than shoot over him and I took it
to the hole," Redd said.