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Spurs rally in 2nd half to top Bucks 101-95

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 19 points and 14 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs rallied in the second half for a 101-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night.

Boris Diaw added 14 points, helping San Antonio win its fifth straight against Milwaukee.

Khris Middleton had 21 points and Jared Bayless had 15 points for the Bucks, who lost after defeating Detroit on Saturday.

The Spurs struggled to score in the first half against a Bucks defense that is holding opponents to 44 percent shooting. San Antonio trailed 55-47 while shooting 40 percent from the field.

The Spurs forced eight turnovers in the third quarter, sparking an 18-5 run to close the period. Leonard made a pair of free throws with 26.5 seconds remaining in the third to give the Spurs a 69-67 lead, their first lead since midway through the first quarter.

TIP-INS

Bucks: After ranking as low as 21st defensively in the league, Milwaukee has climbed into the top five since Dec. 26. The Bucks were third in the league, allowing 97.0 points per game.

Spurs: San Antonio is two games into a six-game homestand before hitting the road for their annual rodeo roadtrip, which consists of eight road games over a three-week period in February. … Duncan has 817 career double-doubles, which trails Lakers Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 885 for fourth all-time. … San Antonio has used 23 different starting lineups in 46 games, which is second only to the New York Knicks (25) this season.

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Bucks: visit Miami on Tuesday.

Spurs: host Charlotte on Wednesday.

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