Philadelphia allowed Milwaukee to dictate the game on offense as the Sixers defense proved once again to allow too many high percentage shots. The Bucks scored 29 points in the opening quarter. The lead was comfortably held by Milwaukee through the 2nd quarter as they kept a double-digit lead. The 76ers went into the half down by 10. Brandon Knight led the Bucks at the half with 17 points. Thad Young led the Sixers with 15 first-half points and 8 boards, but his team struggled from the floor, shooting only 40% while the Bucks shot over 50%.
The Sixers were able to start the second half scoring 8 unanswered points to bring the game within 2. However, the Bucks went on a run of their own midway through the 3rd quarter to give themselves a healthy lead. Early in the 4th quarter the Bucks held a 19 point lead. The Sixers would cut it to 7 but it would be too late. Philly would lose another one on the road with the final score of 116-106.
Thad Young had a spectacular performance for the Sixers, scoring a season-high 30 points(11-19 FG) and secured 10 rebounds. Spencer Hawes found his shot, scoring 25 while grabbing 11 rebounds, 7 on the offensive glass. Carter-Williams contributed 12 assists, with only 2 turnovers, and 19 points in his second game back. Evan Turner had a quiet game coming off his game-winning shot only a night before, with only 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Hollis Thompson continues to be quiet in his starting role, scoring only 3 points with 3 rebounds in 20 minutes. The Sixers managed to once again outscore their opponent in the paint, 52-42, but only shot 41% compared to Milwaukee's extremely efficient 52%. Both teams shot incredibly well from the foul line, 91% for Philly and 92% for the Bucks.
Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 27 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, with 4 assists. Caron Butler played very well in his first game back from injury, scoring 22 and securing 11 rebounds. Brandon Knight ended with 21 points and 8 assists.
The Sixers (8-20) will look to avoid yet another losing streak as they play the surprisingly competitive Suns (16-10). They will have plenty of time to prepare with the entire week off until Saturday. Maybe by then they can figure out how to compete on the road.
By: Matt Ryan