Ersan Ilyasova soars to the basket as Henry Sims, powerless, attempts to defend. Ilyasova finished with 20 points and four rebounds.
Sixers fans may have gotten their Big Macs, but they didn’t leave the Wells Fargo Center with a victory.
The Bucks (11-45) unleashed an offensive onslaught that was equal parts impressive and unexpected, scoring a season-high 130 points, 73 of which came in the first half (also a season-high). Milwaukee jumped out to a 30-28 first quarter advantage and opened the second period on a 24-5 run to virtually put the game out of reach before halftime. The Bucks held a 29-point lead at the break behind 12 points apiece from Brandon Knight and O.J. Mayo. As a team, Milwaukee shot 59 percent from the field and 64 percent from three.
Milwaukee was able to coast through a second half marred by sloppy play, maintaining a 30-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. A slew of turnovers led to Philadelphia winning the fourth quarter 34-24, but the Sixers were never truly within striking distance after the brutal second quarter. Fans who stuck around were rewarded, however, as a James Anderson three-pointer with 2:04 remaining gave Philadelphia its 101st point of the game. Each home game in which team crosses the century mark, fans are entitled to a free Big Mac the following day (a much better deal than the Bucks’ partnership with Wendy’s, hands down).
Milwaukee finished the game shooting 57.1 percent (48-84) from the field and 60.0 percent (12-20) from beyond the arc. Despite the discrepancy on the scoreboard, the Sixers managed a respectable 48.9 percent shooting while connecting on 8-of-24 three-point attempts.
Seven players scored in double figures for Milwaukee, with O.J. Mayo’s 25 points (7-9 3Pt) in 35 minutes off the bench leading the way. It was the first 20+ point effort from Mayo, who missed 10 games in January and February, since scoring 20 against Phoenix on Jan. 4. Ersan Ilyasova chipped in 20 points and four rebounds, and Ramon Sessions added 16 points, five assists and four boards off the bench. Giannis Antetokounmpo had another one of those games, going for 13 points, four assists, six rebounds and four blocks.
Philadelphia was paced by Thaddeus Young’s 28 points, seven assists, five rebounds and six steals. Rookie Michael Carter-Williams added 20 points (7-11 FG), while Tony Wroten contributed 19 and five assists. The Sixers’ bench combined for just 24 points on 9-of-26 shooting.
- Milwaukee outrebounded Philadelphia 47-28 overall and 20-11 offensively.
- Caron Butler sat out due to lingering pain in the left ankle he sprained back on Feb. 3 against New York. Butler missed four games with the injury but returned to play in each of the team’s previous two contests. “It’s frustrating because I know I could really help the team in this matchup, but I know it’s the smart move to get some extra rest and come back 100 percent,” Butler said.
- The win was Milwaukee’s first road victory since New Year’s Eve against the Lakers nearly two months ago.
- Danny Granger was not in uniform for Philadelphia as he and team continue to pursue a potential buyout. Granger was dealt to the Sixers from Indiana in exchange for Evan Turner at the deadline.
Points: Mayo (25), Young (28)
Rebounds: Adrien (10), Moultrie (8)
Assists: Sessions (5), Young (7)
Blocks: Antetokounmpo (4), five tied (1)
Steals: Pachulia (2), Young (6)