On April 24, the No. 3 Milwaukee Bucks took on the No. 2 Philadelphia 76ers in an Eastern Conference matchup.
THE BUCKS WON 132-94 AGAINST THE 76ERS ON SATURDAY, BEATING THEM FOR THE THIRD TIME IN THREE DAYS.
The Bucks win the game, and Philadelphia loses for the fourth time in a row. As a result, they are now a complete game behind the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 Brooklyn Nets. Meanwhile, the Bucks are closing in on the 76ers, trailing by just one and a half games.
In reality, Milwaukee swept the 76ers in the regular season, and the 76ers are currently on a four-game losing streak.
As a result of their top players being injured and missing games, they are short-handed.
The 76ers were also short-handed in tonight’s game, with MVP front-runner Joel Embiid sitting out the entire game due to a sore right shoulder. In this game, another top starter, Ben Simmons, is also out. He missed his fourth consecutive game due to an undisclosed illness. The 76ers are losing by a large margin without these key players on the court and due to the team’s poor health. Today, they scored their lowest point total and lost by a razor-thin margin to the Bucks.
Milwaukee Bucks Blow Away the Philadelphia 76ers
Throughout the quarters, the Bucks had complete ownership of the 76ers. They finished strong in the end, handing the 76ers their most lopsided loss of the season. Milwaukee got off to a fast start, outscoring the 76ers 26-17 in the first quarter.
The 76ers took an early lead by scoring five points off Bucks turnovers, but Milwaukee tied the game at 7-5 at the 9:06 mark of the first quarter after a DiVincenzo three-pointer. They took the lead three minutes into the game and haven’t looked back since.They maintained their advantage over the 76ers during the game, eventually winning 132-94.
The 76ers, on the other hand, struggled to find a rhythm in the game. Doc Rivers, the 76ers’ coach, kept switching his players to get the score. Despite their best efforts, the 76ers were unable to reverse the score and take the lead. The Bucks were able to respond to each of the 76ers’ runs almost immediately.
When Philadelphia cut Milwaukee’s lead to 31-28 early in the second quarter, Milwaukee pushed it up to 47-34. The 76ers scored six points in a 30-second span to slash the deficit to 47-40. Pat Connaughton, however, hit a three-pointer with a second left to make the score 50-40 Bucks at halftime.
In the third quarter, Philadelphia’s Seth scored seven points during a 10-0 run to cut the Bucks’ lead to 55-54. The Bucks responded quickly, with Antetokoumpo, the reigning MVP, scoring eight points and dishing out two assists during a 15-0 streak of their own.
Milwaukee now has a 75-57 lead. The money kept coming in after that. Following that, Bobby Portis and Pat Connaughton took over for the two stars, leading a 9-0 run that blew the game wide open and gave the Bucks a 25-point lead.
Milwaukee finished the third quarter on a 31-9 run to take an 86-63 lead into the fourth quarter. The Bucks eventually won again, handing the 76ers their fourth straight defeat.
Giannis Reaches Another Milestone
Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks’ reigning MVP and one of the frontrunners for the MVP award, was playing with a record to crack. Antetokoumpo was a distant second on the Milwaukee Bucks’ all-time scoring list, behind only Glenn Robinson.
He quickly surpassed Robinson’s mark of 12,010 points with a slam dunk with 10 minutes and 58 seconds remaining in the third quarter when he entered the game today. As he passed Robinson, he received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who leads the franchise with 14,211 points, has more points (12,023) and rebounds (12,023) than him.
Antetokounmpo ended his 24-minute game with 24 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists before resting with the rest of the starters in the fourth quarter. With 12 and 11 points, Jrue Holiday and Donte DiVincenzo were the other Bucks starters in double figures. Milwaukee scored 48 points in the paint and 76 points off the bench. With 17 and 11 points, Bobby Portis and Pat Connaughton lead the second team.
Shake Milton, who came off the bench for Philadelphia, led the team with 15 points. Dwight Howard added 12 points and 12 rebounds off the bench as well. With 13 points, Seth Curry led the 76ers starters. On Monday, the 76ers will host the Oklahoma City Thunder, while the Bucks will travel to Atlanta to play the Hawks on Sunday.