The Sixers welcomed Milwaukee to the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night, looking to end their season slump against the Bucks. After the 100-92 win for the 76ers, they have managed to win five of their last nine games since losing twelve of thirteen, and avoided the season series sweep.
Points in the open court have been a big part of the Sixers’ recent success, and was again tonight. The Sixers notched 20 fast break points against the Bucks to go along with their 60 points in the paint. When the Sixers score at least 100 points, they are 14-7 on the season after Wednesday night.
Spencer Hawes continued to impress the way he has of late, scoring 15 points while grabbing 17 rebounds. That is Spencer’s fifth double-double in his last seven games. Since being held scoreless on March 2nd against the Golden State Warriors, Hawes has averaged 14.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per outing.
Other contributors include Damien Wilkins, who added 18 points, and Evan Turner, who had an impressive stat line of 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists on 6-of-11 from the field. Even more impressive is that the Sixers were +22 when Turner was on the floor in the win.
Defensively, Milwaukee was held to 41.6% shooting and just 92 points. Brandon Jennings was held to zero points for the first time in his career, and did not play after the 9:37 mark in the third quarter. The Bucks were -25 against the Sixers when their best player was on the court at the Wells Fargo Center.
Most impressively, the Sixers controlled the boards against the Bucks, winning that battle 48-44. Also, they totaled 28 assists while only allowing Milwaukee to record 18. With three home games and eight road games remaining, the Sixers will head into Cleveland to face Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers on Friday night.