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?