Spurs’ streak ends at 13 in Bucks coach’s debut
San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich warned the Spurs that facing a downtrodden team in its first game with a new coach can be dangerous.
Then they saw it for themselves.
The Bucks made a winner of Larry Krystkowiak in his NBA debut, ending San Antonio’s 13-game winning streak with a 101-90 victory on Thursday night at Milwaukee.
“A lot of times, you get a little adrenaline and spark,” said Krystkowiak, a Bucks assistant given a multiyear deal hours after the team fired Terry Stotts on Wednesday. “I anticipated our guys playing hard.”
After point guard Mo Williams was ejected in the third quarter for arguing with the referees, Lynn Greer replaced him and scored all of his career-high 14 points in the final quarter. Michael Redd had 29 points for the Bucks.
It was an off night for the Spurs’ Tony Parker (15 points on six-for-15 shooting), Tim Duncan (13 points and 13 rebounds but three for eight from the free-throw line) and Manu Ginobili (12 points on two-for-10 shooting).
“That’s not going to happen very often,” Popovich said. “They’re human beings, it can happen. But I’m more concerned with the lack of aggressiveness on both ends of the court.”
Miami 93, New Jersey 86 -- A foul-plagued Shaquille O’Neal scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and the visiting Heat won its eighth in a row.
O’Neal, who picked up three fouls in the first half and played less than six minutes, scored 12 points, grabbed four rebounds and blocked a shot in the third quarter. Miami is 9-2 since losing Dwyane Wade (shoulder), pulling within half a game of Washington atop the Southeast Division.
Richard Jefferson had 20 points for New Jersey.
The Cleveland Cavaliers said they will deal with Scot Pollard privately after the backup center looked into the camera during a timeout Sunday and said, “Hey kids, do drugs.” Pollard told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “It was a bad joke.... Obviously, I don’t believe that.”