Giannis Antetokounmpo played just nine minutes, and finished without any points, missing all three of his shots, as he sat early due to illness.
Somehow, it didn’t matter.
Behind a superb bench effort from Michael Beasley, the Milwaukee Bucks managed to upset the San Antonio Spurs, 109-107.
The former second overall pick exploded for 28 points on an 11-of-18 shooting clip, to go with five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and three blocks. He scored 10 of his markers in the fourth quarter, and hit a pair of free throws that had Milwaukee up 105-101, 2:14 left.
The Spurs rallied back and took the lead for a short stretch, on triples from Davis Bertans and Danny Green, 107-105. However, rookie Malcolm Brogdon played hero for the Bucks, canning his version of a three and then clinching the win with a split at the foul line.
Manu Ginobili had a chance to win the game outright, but his attempt at a bank triple failed to connect.
The Bucks moved over .500 to 19-18, while the Spurs took a step back to 30-8.
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