11/12/12 – On Monday night the Sixers returned home to take on the Milwaukee Bucks. After winning 3 of 3 on the road, they had a chance to extend their mini-winning streak in front of the home crowd. They also welcomed Jason Richardson back to the lineup after missing several games with an ankle injury. As for the Bucks the Sixers had to contend with one of the league's top guard combos in Brandon Jennings and Monte Ellis. For the Sixers to be successful in this one they would have to control the tempo and keep the Bucks from getting their speedy guards out on the break.
To start the game the Sixers went down early. They weren't playing their typical brand of defense and let the Bucks set the pace. Ellis, Jennings, and former 76er Samuel Dalembert of all people started hot. Jason Richardson had 10 points in the quarter to keep the Sixers within grasp. After 1 Milwaukee led 34-26. In the 2nd the Sixers continued to struggle. They were getting owned on the glass, but managed to start to hit shots from deep. A 9-2 Philly run allowed them to close the gap and Dorrell Wright's 4th 3-pointer of the game gave them the lead. But another Jennings 3 recaptured it for Milwaukee. The Bucks would go on a 14-2 run into halftime leading, 62-50. Milwaukee was shooting the lights out at 64%, almost doubled the Sixers in rebounds, and were winning the fast-break and 2nd chance points battles. In the 3rd the Sixers made a run of their own. They had a 9-0 run and followed it with a bevy of 3-pointers. Thad Young was all over the place, creating Bucks turnovers and running the break. Jrue hit a mid-range J in the closing seconds to tie the score 83-83. In the 4th quarter the game was up for grabs in a slug-it-out type contest. However, Jrue had a couple crucial turnovers late and gave Milwaukee the edge. A Mike Dunleavy 3 was the back-breaker to put them up by 10, and the Sixers could pick up any ground. Final score: MIL 105-96
1. Jrue – 37:27 mins., 25 pts., 1 reb., 6 asts., 1 stl., 8 TOs
2. J-Rich – 36:18 mins., 20 pts., 4 rebs., 2 asts., 2 stls.
3. D Wright – 25:26 mins., 14 pts., 4 rebs., 4 stls., 1 blk.
4. Thad – 35:01 mins., 11 pts., 7 rebs., 2 asts., 3 stls., 1 blk., 1 TO
5. Turner – 25:13 mins., 8 pts., 4 rebs., 5 asts., 3 TOs
6. Swag Young – 23:48 mins., 7 pts., 1 reb., 4 asts., 2 stls.
7. Hawes – 25:49 mins., 6 pts., 5 rebs., 1 ast., 1 TO
8. Ivey – 18:10 mins., 5 pts., 3 rebs., 1 ast., 1 stl., 1 blk., 1 TO
9. Lavoy – 12:48 mins., 2 rebs., 1 ast., 1 TO
Brandon Jennings – 33 pts., 5 rebs., 8 asts., 4 stls., 2 blks., 1 TO **** Player of the Game
Monte Ellis – 18 pts., 5 rebs., 7 asts., 2 stls., 1 blk., 6 TOs
Mike Dunleavy – 13 pts., 5 rebs., 3 asts., 2 TOs
Tobias Harris – 10 pts., 2 rebs., 2 asts., 1 TO
In tonight's game the Sixers started out slow and had to crawl back the entire game. Coach Collins decided to stick with a smaller lineup and it resulted in them being out-rebounded by double-digits. They still are having trouble defending the pick n roll offense and have been burned by it frequently in this early part of the season. They need more production out of their big men (Hawes, Lavoy) until Bynum gets healthy and tonight their limited impact on the game really hurt the Sixers.
Jrue Holiday had another good game but his turnover margin is starting to look troublesome. He currently leads the league in turnovers per game. The bright side to this is that its all part the process in his growth to becoming a true PG this season and he's clearly becoming more comfortable in running the offense. But in tonight's game some of these turnovers were untimely and contributed to a growing Bucks lead late in the 4th. Hopefully he can cut this down, but I don't want to see him be any less aggressive. Next game, Wednesday 7:00 p.m. vs. Detroit Pistons @ Wells Fargo. CSN. More to come…
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