February 24, 2014 | Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Another inspired performance from forward Thaddeus Young – 28 points (11/19 FG), seven assists, five rebounds, and six steals – wasn't enough to thwart an efficient Milwaukee attack Monday night at Wells Fargo Center. The Bucks scored 130 points on 57.3% shooting.
For the second straight game, rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams scored at least 20 points, this time finishing with exactly 20 (7-of-11), second only to Young. Starting alongside Carter-Williams for the first time this season, Tony Wroten added 19 points (9/15 FG) and five assists.
Guard O.J. Mayo led Milwaukee with 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting, and forward Ersan Ilyasova added 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
The Sixers return to action Wednesday at home against the Orlando Magic.
Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Brett Brown
Q: When it’s so lopsided and so little defense, how can you truly evaluate if this talent, one, is getting better and, two, you want to keep as part of the puzzle?
I think it’s hard because it’s sloppy. It’s hard, you make quick judgments on the people we’ve just inherited. You see as things get ugly how are Michael [Carter-Williams] and Thaddeus [Young] responding to that environment. You see a lot in adversity, and some of it’s not flattering, but that’s I guess what we all signed up for, to figure it all out, to weed it out, to cut to the chase, to get people in here that we know want to represent the club the way we want to represent the club.
Philadelphia 76ers Forward Michael Carter-Williams
Q: I know this isn’t what you envisioned here given where you guys are right now. Just how tough is this stretch and how do you fight through this?
We just have to keep fighting, that’s all we can do. We can’t look back at the losses we’ve had. We’ve lost 12 or 13 straight. Tonight was disappointing. I think we had a good chance of winning tonight, but we need to crack down defensively. We gave up 72 points in the first half, and that’s ridiculous. We can’t do that.
Q: When you battle so hard and try to turn things around and it gets away from you quickly, how deflating can it get?
It can get deflating, but we have to stick together as a team. We’re still a team. We’re still Philadelphia 76ers, and we still have something to play for, for our pride and for our city. We just need to get together and keep playing, there’s always a tomorrow until the season’s over, so we have to keep playing and keep up.
Q: Not just here but a lot of times when the game gets so lopsided, games get sloppy. Would you agree with that, and is there anyway to reel that back when it gets to that point?
Yeah, I think the leaders on this team, being Thad and I, need to bring the team in. Even if the game is out of hand, we need to bring the guys together and do a better job of that, especially on my part being the point guard. I’m going to try to step up and be more vocal out there, and basically keep the guys together.