Ginobili's dramatic jumper lifts Spurs over BucksDec 16, 2010 - 5:33 AM San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Manu Ginobili put the finishing touches on a 26-point night by hitting a 20-foot fadeaway at the buzzer to give the San Antonio Spurs a thrilling 92-90 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Spurs squandered an 18-point lead and were in a 90-90 tie game following a Drew Gooden follow-up of a Brandon Jennings miss with 49.7 seconds left.
Ginobili and Luc Mbah a Moute traded misses, and Gooden couldn't get another tip-in to fall on the latter attempt, giving the ball back to the Spurs with 9.5 seconds to go.
The inbounds went directly to Ginobili, who dribbled down the clock at the top of the key and made his way to the left wing. He got some separation from Mbah a Moute with a slight push-off and hit a dramatic off-balance fadeaway to end a perfect six-game homestand for the Spurs.
"I knew they were going to him. He likes to go left and I cut him off going that way. He stepped back and made the shot. I was right there," recalled Mbah a Moute.
Tony Parker added 16 points and eight assists, while Tim Duncan checked in with 13 points and 11 boards for the victors.
Chris Douglas-Roberts and Gooden paced the Bucks with 21 and 20 points, respectively.
Milwaukee had won three in a row coming in, including a huge comeback win over Dallas on Monday that snapped the Mavericks' 12-game win streak.
San Antonio led 25-20 after the first quarter and used a nine-point run late in the second to jump ahead, 45-29, following a Richard Jefferson bucket.
The lead reached as high as 18 on Tiago Splitter's layup late in the half, which ended with the Spurs on top 51-35.
Jennings drained two three-pointers in the final minute of the third to cut the deficit to 71-63, and the visitors pulled even, 87-87, on a Douglas- Roberts runner with 1:48 to play.
Ginobili answered with a three-pointer the next time down prior to Gooden's 1- for-2 showing at the foul line with 1:21 remaining. A Ginobili miss preceded the final stretch.
"We thought we had them in the first half and they came back," Parker said. "They played hard, they played better than us in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, we made the stops we needed and Manu finished it off."
Jennings finished with 12 points and seven assists, Andrew Bogut had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Ersan Ilyasova added 13 points in defeat...Jefferson tallied 11 points and nine boards for the Spurs, who shot 52.2 percent from the field.
- MILWAUKEE: 90
SAN ANTONIO: 92
Dec 15 10:50 PM
- MILWAUKEE: 90
SAN ANTONIO: 92
End of Regulation
Dec 15 10:49 PM
- MILWAUKEE: 63
SAN ANTONIO: 71
End of 3rd
Dec 15 10:11 PM
- MILWAUKEE: 35
SAN ANTONIO: 51
Dec 15 9:33 PM
- MILWAUKEE: 20
SAN ANTONIO: 25
End of 1st
Dec 15 9:02 PM
- MILWAUKEE: 0
SAN ANTONIO: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
Dec 15 8:41 PM
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