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Tim Duncan helps Spurs beat Bucks

Veteran forward gets 24 points and 12 rebounds in 112-98 victory, the first time this season San Antonio has won a game in which Duncan scored at least 20.

November 24, 2009

San Antonio — The San Antonio Spurs finally were able to take advantage of a big night from Tim Duncan.

Duncan had 24 points and 12 rebounds and the Spurs halted the Milwaukee Bucks' three-game winning streak with a 112-98 victory Monday night, getting their second blowout in as many games after an unusually lackluster start to the season.

Duncan could hardly be blamed for the team's 4-6 break from the gate: The Spurs had been 0-4 when their All-Star forward scored 20 or more.

"We'll win a lot more games if he scores 20. I'll tell you that much," Spurs guard Roger Mason said.

Ersan Illyasova led Milwaukee with 20 points. Brandon Jennings scored 12 -- held well below his rookie-leading average of 25.3 points per game -- and Michael Redd scored four points off the bench in his first action in nine games. He had been sidelined because of a knee injury.

San Antonio's bench was better. Matt Bonner had 23 points and the Spurs won consecutive games for only the second time this season. George Hill scored 14 points and Mason had 11 as San Antonio's reserves outscored its starting five.

Bonner made six of eight three-point attempts.

-- associated press

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