A loss is still a loss.
The Bucks dropped to 0-8 on the road this season with a 94-82 loss to Philadelphia. Andrew Bogut returned after missing a game with a concussion to lead the Bucks with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks. The Bucks competed in this game, and actually outshot (47% to 44%) and outrebounded (41-39) the 76ers.
But the 76ers crushed the Bucks mercilessly in two key areas: three-point shooting and turnovers. Philadelphia hit 11-of-23 three-point attempts, led by Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams, who hit 3 triples each.
The 76ers also forced more turnovers than the Bucks. Milwaukee coughed up 16 turnovers, while Philadelphia only lost 9, and the Bucks were outscored in points off turnovers by an astounding 16-2 margin. In a nutshell, there is the margin that accounts for the loss.
Many of the Bucks’ turnovers came at hands of Jrue Holiday, who led the 76ers with 24 points and 5 steals. When Jodie Meeks and Lou Williams were missing jump shots, Holiday was making the shots that kept the 76ers out in front.
The Bucks had a decent first half, propelled by Bogut’s 12 points and 6 rebounds. But there were two areas of concern. First, Stephen Jackson fouled Jodie Meeks on a three-point shot and made matters worse by picking up a technical foul in protest. Jodie Meeks hit all four free throws.
The other trouble spot was the bench. As the starters were phased out for subs in the late in the first and early in the second quarter, Philadelphia took advantage and stretched the lead from 1 to 13 points. Lou Williams served as the catalyst during the stretch, outperformin Beno Udrih, who returned to action following a shoulder injury.
Late in the first half, Jon Leuer collected a loose ball and, with the shot clock winding down, made his first three-pointer of the season. It was part of a late scoring outburst that helped the Bucks close within 5 points of the 76ers at the half.
But as they have done all season, the Bucks folded in the third quarter. Philadelphia outscored them 29-19 in the period, and in the fourth quarter, the Bucks never shrunk the lead smaller than 9 points.
One highlight for the Bucks was the play of Tobias Harris. He scored in 12 points and 3 offensive rebounds, while giving Milwaukee an active body at the rim that they haven’t had in a while.
The Bucks, for all their road woes, get a chance to extend their unbeaten streak at home tomorrow night versus Denver.