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The NBA on ABC, especially on Saturday Night, is supposed to be exciting down to the wire basketball but tonight was far from it. The Milwaukee Bucks (48-8) led by league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo blew the doors off the Philadelphia 76ers (35-22) in their 3rd matchup of the season.
The Bucks couldn’t miss early out to a 12-2 start and that continued through most of the quarter. Ben Simmons went out with a back injury at the 7:16 mark of the second quarter but the Sixers defense hung tough for the half. Offensively the Bucks shot 50% from the field and 41.7% from three and the Sixers trailed by ten at the end of the quarter.
Bucks 31 – Sixers 21
The quarter started out good with the Sixers seemingly being able to focus on Joel Embiid. He had 7 points in 2 plus minutes and the lead had been cut to 5. The defensive energy was there throughout the quarter and Giannis was held to only 5 points. The Sixers shooting was dreadful, to say the least, and they continued to try to force the 3pt shot (4-19 at the half). Tobias Harris seemed to injure his knee but tried playing through it had only 11 points in 31 minutes. The Sixers went to the half down 6 points but it felt 20 and eventually it would be.
Bucks 56 – Sixers 50
Joel Embiid opened up the third quarter with a few tough misses and an attempt at a charge that was called for a block. Jo had 2 quick fouls that led to a Bucks 5-0 run and had to be taken out of the game. Giannis took over from there dominating the paint with 12 points in the quarter. This opened up everything and when Embiid returned at the 5:50 the score was 76-61. The three-pointers started raining too and before you could blink the Sixers were down 20.
Bucks 93 – Sixers 73
There was not much to talk about here as the Bucks pushed the lead to 25 and the Sixers just had no answers on either side of the court. With Ben Simmons out they just have no one that can get to the rack or create on offense off the dribble. They waived the white flag midway through the quarter and rightfully so down by so many points. The Greek Freak finished with 31 PTS, 17 REB, and 8 AST in only 29 minutes of work and Khris Middleton dropped another 25 PTS and 9 REB. Embiid, Milton, and Korkmaz all finished with 17 PTS.
FINAL SCORE BUCKS 119 – SIXERS 98
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