The Spurs hit five of their first six shots to take an early 12-7 lead, and Tim Duncan had six of the 12. Defensively, the Spurs forced tough shots for the Bucks and held them to 31.6% shooting in the quarter. San Antonio continued to hit shots and draw fouls of their own, and had a 28-21 lead at the end of the first, led by Duncan's eight.
Manu Ginobili came out hot in the second quarter with a two handed slam, and a three a couple possessions after that. He and the second unit kept up the suffocating defense and maintained the lead. The first unit returned to a slow paced second quarter, largely due to the high amount of fouls that were called. With Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge anchoring the D, the Spurs held the Bucks to 11-of-40 shooting in the first half, which gave them a 10 point lead at the half, 48-38.
Milwaukee was far from done, and hit it's first three shots of the third quarter, but San Antonio never let it get over the hump. Duncan was active on both ends of the floor, pulling down defensive rebounds and positioning himself for easy buckets in the offense. While some balanced scoring from SA was able to slightly made up for Kawhi Leonard's poor shooting, Kawhi was still valuable on defense, and with the lead, Pop didn't feel the need to play him after the third quarter.
Jonathon Simmons had an impressive outing in the third, with six points off a perfect 3-of-3 shooting. The Spurs D smothered the Bucks and allowed only 55 points through three quarters. After leading 10 at the half, SA had a 21 point lead going into the fourth.
The second and third units did a great job maintaining the defense, and the Buck ended up with only 70 on the night. The best defensive team in the league continues to hold opponents significantly under the league average, and improve to 15-4.