The Milwaukee Bucks extended their winning streak to six games with a convincing 117-104 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night at Fiserv Forum. The Bucks improved to 12-1 at home and 19-3 overall, the best record in the NBA.
The Bucks were led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 31 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists in 34 minutes. The reigning MVP was dominant on both ends of the floor, scoring in a variety of ways and anchoring the defense with his length and athleticism.
He also made three of his five three-point attempts, showing his improved shooting range.
The 76ers were without their star center Joel Embiid, who missed the game with an illness. They struggled to contain the Bucks’ offense, which shot 50.6 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from beyond the arc. The Bucks also outrebounded the 76ers 53-40 and outscored them 58-38 in the paint.
The 76ers were led by Tobias Harris, who had 20 points and seven rebounds. Ben Simmons added 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but also had seven turnovers. Al Horford had 15 points and eight rebounds, while Josh Richardson had 13 points and four assists.
The Bucks led by as many as 21 points in the third quarter, but the 76ers made a late run to cut the deficit to nine with 4:22 left in the fourth quarter. However, the Bucks responded with a 10-2 run, capped by a three-pointer by Khris Middleton, to seal the win.
Middleton finished with 19 points and six rebounds, while Eric Bledsoe had 14 points and eight assists. Brook Lopez had 13 points and five blocks, while Wesley Matthews had 12 points and four steals. The Bucks’ bench also contributed with 28 points, led by Donte DiVincenzo’s nine points and four rebounds.
The Bucks will look to extend their winning streak to seven games when they host the Orlando Magic on Monday night. The 76ers will try to bounce back when they visit the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.
Final Thoughts: Giannis Leads the Bucks to Victory Over Embiid-Less 76ers
The Milwaukee Bucks continued their dominance at home with a convincing victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, extending their winning streak to six games. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for the Bucks with a dominant performance, scoring 31 points, grabbing 17 rebounds, and dishing out eight assists.
Antetokounmpo’s ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor was on full display, as he anchored the Bucks’ defense with his length and athleticism, while also scoring in a variety of ways, including from beyond the arc.
The absence of Joel Embiid was a significant factor in the 76ers’ struggles, as they were unable to contain the Bucks’ offense, which shot over 50 percent from the field and beyond the arc. The Bucks also dominated the boards, outrebounding the 76ers by 13, and outscored them by 20 points in the paint.
Despite the loss, Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons had solid performances for the 76ers, with Harris scoring 20 points and grabbing seven rebounds, while Simmons had 19 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. However, Simmons also committed seven turnovers, which proved costly.
The Bucks’ supporting cast also played a crucial role in the win, with Khris Middleton scoring 19 points and hitting a critical three-pointer to seal the victory. Eric Bledsoe had a solid game with 14 points and eight assists, while Brook Lopez had 13 points and five blocks.
Overall, the Bucks’ dominant performance at home and their league-best record of 19-3 have established them as one of the top teams in the NBA. The absence of Embiid was a significant factor in this game, but the Bucks’ depth and dominance in multiple areas of the game were too much for the 76ers to overcome.
Looking ahead, the Bucks will look to continue their winning ways when they host the Orlando Magic on Monday night, while the 76ers will try to bounce back when they visit the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.