SAN ANTONIO (AP) – DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and the San Antonio Spurs set a franchise record for most points in the first half to crush the Milwaukee Bucks 146-125 on Monday night.
San Antonio recorded its most points in a game this season, 87 of them in the first half, and the second-highest in team history for either half. The Spurs equaled their record for either half with 12 triples before halftime and finished with 17 shots on 29 long-range attempts.
Dejounte Murray added 21 points, Keldon Johnson and Patty Mills each had 20 and Rudy Gay scored 19 for San Antonio. Mills and Gay combined to make nine of 15 triples.
Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points on 11 of 16 shots. Khris Middleton added 23 points and Jrue Holiday another 20.
Milwaukee had a five-game winning streak snapped and placed a game behind Brooklyn in the fight for second place in the Eastern Conference.
San Antonio’s magic number to secure its tournament ticket heading to the playoffs was reduced to two compared to New Orleans. The Spurs could seal their ticket with any combination of Pelicans wins and losses that equates to two.
San Antonio had lost six of its last seven heading into Monday’s game, but got off to an unprecedented start against Milwaukee.
The Spurs scored 45 points in the first quarter, the fourth-highest in franchise history.
The Spurs made 67% shooting from the field and on 3s during the first half.