Philadelphia 76ers vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Recap

A day removed from Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Sixers lose for the second time in two nights after falling to the Bucks 110-102. After losing to the Bucks, the Sixers have still yet to beat an opponent that shoots 50% or better from the field.

Spencer Hawes contributed 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Evan Turner chipped in 23 of his own to go with 6 boards and 7 assists. Jrue Holiday managed to rack up 12 assists, but just 9 points on 3-12 shooting, and 8 turnovers to go along with it.

Ersan Ilyasova controlled the game on both ends of the court for the Bucks. He scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, 7 of which were offensive. Ilyasova also contributed on the defensive side with 3 steals and a block. Brandon Jennings continued to show why he is expected to make the All-Star Game as a reserve with 25 points, 7 assists, and 3 steals. Along with the contributions of Ilyasova and Jennings, Monta Ellis had an extremely efficient night, racking up 18 points on 7-10 shooting.

The Sixers continue to struggle early on in games. The Bucks led 28-18 after the first quarter, leaving the Sixers a mountain to climb once again. Milwaukee never took their foot off the pedal, scoring 55 points in both halves, never allowing the Sixers to lead at the end of a quarter. While Doug Collins’ group never did give up, and outscored the Bucks 31-27 in the 4th quarter, it was just too little, too late.

On Saturday, the New York Knicks come into the Wells Fargo Center, and look to continue their success against the Sixers and the rest of the NBA. The Memphis Grizzlies are after that. It looks like the Sixers may continue to struggle. Jrue Holiday has not been himself in back to back games, and Andrew Bynum will not be back until approximately the All-Star Break.

Sixer fans are growing impatient, and some are beginning to think this season may be a lost cause. What do you think?

Tags: Andrew Bynum Brandon Jennings Doug Collins Ersan Ilyasova Evan Turner Jrue Holiday Milwaukee Bucks Monta Ellis Philadelphia 76ers Spencer Hawes

  • Dante Nelson

    It’s a good sign for Jrue in this game for me. His shot wasn’t falling and instead of taking shots and trying to force his way into the game, he got the ball to other guys to score, hence the 12 assists. He went to far though and had all of those turnovers but a good PG helps his team with his scoring and his passing. If one goes south, he can just turn to the other. Of course, that first quarter, we could’ve used some points.

    • John Adair

      To an extent, I agree that it’s good Jrue is learning to run the offense through him without shooting when he struggles, but have to keep the turnovers down. Can’t expect to win turning the ball over so much, especially when it’s your best player.

  • Dan Friedberg

    I just think the Bucks are one of those teams that we match up horribly with. Those speedy guards are too much for us to handle. They can get past the first line of defense too easily, and our second line is well…Hawes.

    • John Adair

      I agree that the Bucks are a match-up nightmare for the Sixers. Jennings and Ellis are too explosive for opposing guards to stay in front of, and like you said, our last man standing is Spencer Hawes.