76ers Fall in Milwaukee
On the second night of their back-to-back, the 76ers (39-20) struggled to find rhythm in Milwaukee, ultimately falling to the Bucks (36-22), 124-117.
In the absence of Ben Simmons (non-COVID illness), George Hill (6 pts, 4 reb) stepped into the starting lineup.
Milwaukee opened with a quick 10-0 run, winning the first quarter, 40-26. The Sixers chased the deficit throughout, and won the fourth quarter, 30-16, but didn’t have quite enough.
The Bucks shot 50.0% from long range (20-40 3PT), and 55.6% from the field (45-81 FG).
Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with a 27-point, 16-rebound double-double.
Embiid finished with a team-high 24 points, plus three rebounds, three assists, and a block. He shot 6-for-7 from the line.
Harris returned to the floor after three games out (right knee soreness), and tallied 18 points (8-16 FG), two rebounds, and six assists in a team-high 30 minutes.
Milton led the bench with 20 points, shooting 8-for-14 from the field and 3-for-5 from deep.
Quote to Note:
Acknowledging the Sixers’ tricky scheduling week postgame, Rivers looked ahead:
“We’ll be ready Saturday.”
The Sixers and Bucks will meet for the third and final time in the regular season Saturday, as the Sixers will look to snap their three-game skid.
The Sixers and Brooklyn Nets (39-20) are tied atop the Eastern Conference, with the Bucks holding the No. 3 seed.
Saturday’s matinee tips at 3:30 p.m. ET.