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PHILADELPHIA, PA – While the playoffs might not be in the picture for the 76ers this season, the same couldn’t be said for Saturday’s opponent, the Milwaukee Bucks.
Looking very much like a club eager to break out of an untimely funk, and further position itself to lock up a berth for the next round of the NBA season, the Bucks delivered a purposeful performance at The Center, dropping the Sixers, 90-82.
The victory snapped Milwaukee’s three-game losing streak, which came on the heels of a revitalizing month of March, during which the Bucks went a league-best 14-4.
Doing what they do more often than any other team in the NBA, Milwaukee flexed its muscle on the interior, establishing a decisive scoring advantage of 52-30 in the paint. The Bucks took the floor Saturday ranked first in the league in percentage of points generated in the lane.
Giannis Antetokounmpo topped all players with 20 points. The multi-faceted, ball-handling forward, a first-time All-Star this year added 10 rebounds, six assists, three steals, and two blocks as well.
Veteran center Greg Monroe emerged from the bench to help power Milwaukee’s efforts on the inside. He cranked out 17 points, including several fourth quarter baskets that gave the Bucks a firm grip on Saturday’s game. Monroe also tallied five boards.
Richaun Holmes manufactured his fifth double-double of the season, finishing with a team-best 17 points and 10 rebounds. Holmes had double-double company, as his fellow second-year Sixer T.J. McConnell accounted for 10 points and 10 assists.
Dario Saric logged 24 minutes, sticking to his recently-implemented playing time guideline. He notched 14 points, and hauled in eight rebounds. In doing so, he eclipsed 500 rebounds for the season, becoming the sixth rookie in franchise history to reach that mark, while also racking up 1,000 points.
The Sixers used a potent second quarter to establish a 48-42 edge by intermission. Their margin still stood at six points at the outset of the third period, but Milwaukee then dialed up a critical 21-8 push to close the frame.
Even at this late stage of the season, perhaps opponents still haven’t quite gotten the memo regarding Richaun Holmes and his rim-protecting prowess. The big man entered Saturday evening ranked fifth among all second-year players with 53 blocked shots. He delivered a pair of swats versus Milwaukee, the one shown below being his first.
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The most successful home campaign of the four-year Brett Brown era comes to an end Monday, when the Sixers host the Indiana Pacers. The Sixers’ 17 victories in South Philadelphia this season are 10 better than last year’s total. In his first two seasons, Brown’s team prevailed on its own hardwood 10 times in 2013-2014, and 12 times in 2014-2015. As for Indiana, the Pacers rolled past the Orlando Magic Saturday, 127-112. The victory pushed Indiana back to .500, and moved the club into seventh-place in the Eastern Conference standings with two games to go.
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