MILWAUKEE -- This? This was the best Spurs/Bucks game since this Spurs/Bucks game.
Tim Duncan and Tony Parker played like it was 2003. Or 2004 or 2005 or 2006 or 2007 or 1995. Mostly, they just played like they were Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, mincing Milwaukee's defense, even as Andrew Bogut returned in the middle.
Yet the Bucks went basket-for-basket with the NBA's top-rated offensive team all the way into a hot, hot winter night in Milwaukee, as temperatures improbably drifted toward 50 fahrenheit outside and scores improbably bounced into the hundreds inside.
Stephen Jackson and Duncan traded a dozen points each in the first quarter, and Jackson never slowed in 42 minutes. In his first game since Jan. 2, Bogut was strong beginning and end, and mostly in between, starting off gaining excellent position on the first play of the game and later throwing down a couple dunks. Brandon Jennings could not stop Parker early and Parker could not stop Jennings late. Rookies were not really rookies as Jon Leuer was all sorts of Jon Leuer, Tobias Harris impressed again, and Kawhi Leonard is a player.
The short is if you came to the Bradley Center, you watched good basketball players do good basketball things. If you did not, the Bucks play 30 more regular season home games in Milwaukee, where they unequivocally never, ever lose.
And while these aren't your slightly older brother's Spurs, as they entered the game 19th in defensive efficiency, these were certainly not last week's Bucks either.