Tiago Splitter (shoulder) and Danny Green (hand) continue to mend. Matt Bonner awaits a minor procedure, scheduled for Monday, to repair his broken nose. Tony Parker took the night off to rest his bruised right shin. And still the Spurs (32-9) cruised to one of their most lop-sided victories of the season, leading the lowly Bucks (7-33) by double-digits over the final 38:09 to retake a half-game lead over Portland atop the Western Conference. All 11 players in uniform scored, with Jeff Ayres (13 points) and Nando De Colo (13) setting season-highs in scoring.

Player of the game

Do we have to? Patty Mills did have an impressive game with 20 points, but no Spur played more than 28 minutes as the game was basically in hand by the end of the first quarter. So how about we give a little love to former Spur Gary Neal for snapping his streak of six consecutive DNP/CDs? OK, so he was terrible, scoring just three points on 1-for 8 shooting. But that’s probably what happens when you sit for two weeks straight. Plus, Neal was a stand-up guy before the game, expressing no ill will to either his old club for letting him go, or for his new one for basically marooning him.

The turning point

The Bucks led 16-14 midway through the first quarter, providing the slightest glimmer of hope that we might be treated to a competitive game. That notion was pretty well obliterated six minutes later after the Spurs closed the period with 15 unanswered points, including 13 from the bench. They led by 13 at that point, and the advantage never slipped below 11 while ballooning as large as 28 at the final buzzer.

News, notes and observations

* The Spurs’ lack of success against “the big boys” (1-8) has been well-documented. But they at least counter that by not having lost two or more games in a row all season, while improving to 17-1 against losing teams.

“You want to beat…the best, but at the same time you have to beat the other ones too,” Manu Ginobili said. “That is what is keeping us on top. But of course you want to improve and next game (against Oklahoma City on Wednesday) we have a great test.” (The Spurs are 0-2 against the Thunder, part of their lack of elite success.)

* Neal was more than a little wistful after playing his first game at the AT&T Center since signing a free-agent deal with the Bucks last summer. While he said the decision to join the Bucks was a good move for his family — Neal will make a combined $6.5 million this season and next — it’s been a difficult campaign for the journeyman, particularly after getting benched for six straight games following a locker-room confrontation with teammate Larry Sanders.

“It’s a strange feeling,” said Neal, who averaged 9.7 points in three seasons with the Spurs. “Sometimes it’s different when guys come back to their old teams and maybe they left bad or maybe there are guys that weren’t on the team. But it’s even worse when you get along with everybody. You see Tim (Duncan), I talked to Pop before the game. So it makes it hard. But it’s a business and I wish those guys nothing but the best, and I’ll just keep chugging along.”

He said before tip that the thing he missed most about leaving San Antonio is winning.