Bango and friends had plenty to celebrate Saturday as Milwaukee knocked off Philadelphia 116-110.
Milwaukee snapped a streak of five straight losses Saturday, handling the 76ers a 116-110 loss at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
With John Henson out, Khris Middleton scored 27 points and added five rebounds and four assists to lead the Bucks. Middleton made 11-of-15 field goals and scored in double-figures for the fifth consecutive game. After missing 12 contests with a knee injury, Caron Butler returned to the starting lineup and added 22 points and 11 rebounds in a game-high 40 minutes. Brandon Knight chipped in 21 points and six assists after putting up 17 points and 14 rebounds in Friday’s loss to the Cavaliers.
Giannis Antetokounmpo made his third straight start at shooting guard and finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks. The rookie has not been much of a scoring threat since seizing the starting job, but he’s continued to stuff the stat sheet in all categories while providing solid all-around defense. Though he’s prone to foul trouble, Antetokounmpo did not commit a foul in 35 minutes.
Philadelphia was led by Thaddeus Young’s 30 points and 10 rebounds. Spencer Hawes contributed 25 points and 11 rebounds, while rookie Michael Carter-Williams added 19 points and 12 assists. Evan Turner shot just 2-of-15 from the floor and finished with 10 points before fouling out in 33 minutes.
The Bucks jumped out to an early 29-23 lead after the first quarter and extended the advantage to 59-49 at halftime. Milwaukee led by 13 entering the fourth quarter and led by as much as 17 in the final period. Philadelphia closed the deficit to seven with just under a minute remaining, but Antetkounmpo, Butler and Middleton combined to go 10-of-10 from the charity stripe to seal the victory.
– The Bucks shot 52.4 percent (43-82) from the field and 92.0 percent from the free throw line (23-25). On the season, however, Milwaukee still ranks dead last in the league in field goal percentage (42.0%)
– After getting the start Friday against Cleveland, Miroslav Raduljica played 22 minutes off the bench, just one short of his season high. He scored 14 points and added four rebounds and two steals.
– O.J. Mayo came off the bench for the second consecutive game, finishing with just seven points (3-7 FG) and three rebounds in 20 minutes. After averaging 15.2 points and 3.5 rebounds on 40.7 percent shooting in November, Mayo’s production has shrunk to 12.0 points and 1.9 rebounds on 35.7 percent shooting this month.
– John Henson was a late scratch and sat out with what the team called a right knee contusion. He suffered the injury late in Friday’s loss to Cleveland. The second-year forward was averaging 18.7 points and 12.3 rebounds over Milwaukee’s last three games. His status for Monday’s game in Charlotte is unknown, but it seems likely he’ll return to the starting lineup.