The Milwaukee Bucks are looking for a way to win without their injured superstar.
The San Antonio Spurs just found a victory with one of their top players sidelined.
While Milwaukee would like to have Michael Redd back in uniform on Wednesday night when it hosts the Spurs, San Antonio knows that Tony Parker will be in street clothes for about a month.
In their first game since Parker sprained his left ankle in Friday's 99-83 loss to Miami, the Spurs (2-4) used an 11-0 run to open the fourth quarter to defeat New York 92-80 on Tuesday.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich went with a makeshift lineup as rookie George Hill scored a season-high 12 points in Parker's point guard role, and Ime Udoka started at the small forward position for Bruce Bowen. It was the first time in 556 games with the Spurs that Bowen had been active but came off the bench.
"Coach says this is the way it is and that's that," Bowen said. "Coaches have a reason for doing those things. It's important for you to have trust in those things that they're trying to get accomplished. I'm happy. I enjoy playing the game. If Pop would let me, I would play 48 minutes."
Udoka missed his first eight shots and finished with five points and six rebounds, and Bowen went 3-of-3 from 3-point range and scored 13 in 28 minutes.
Tim Duncan just missed his fifth straight double-double with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, while Michael Finley added 14 points and six rebounds.
Milwaukee (3-5) played its fourth straight game without Redd on Tuesday and dropped its third in a row with a 99-93 loss to Cleveland. Redd, who sprained his ankle while going after a loose ball in Milwaukee's 94-86 win against the Knicks on Nov. 2, tried to practice Tuesday.
"It was clear he wasn't ready," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said of Redd, who leads Milwaukee with 21.3 points per game.
The Bucks' defense apparently wasn't ready either as LeBron James scored 41 points and the Cavaliers shot 48.6 percent.
"(James) had 41 and he made it look easy,'' Skiles said. "We tried switching a little bit. My only real complaint would be that we're still not aggressive enough on someone like that. The better players right now are putting up big numbers on us."
That's good news for Duncan, who is averaging just 11.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in his last two games in Milwaukee.
Richard Jefferson scored a team-high 19 points for Milwaukee on Tuesday, while Luke Ridnour scored 14 of his 17 in the third quarter. Jefferson has averaged just 11.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in 10 career games against the Spurs, and hasn't been on the winning side versus San Antonio since he scored a game-high 27 in New Jersey's 91-82 victory on Nov. 13, 2002.
Prior to their 96-94 loss to the Spurs on March 1, 2008, the Bucks had won eight of the previous 11 meetings in Milwaukee.
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