Philly rollover: Bucks 130 — 76ers 110

(AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
(AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Milwaukee Bucks 130 Recap | Box Score 110 Philadelphia 76ers
Ersan Ilyasova, PF Shot Chart 25 MIN | 7-9 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | +7

Started off the game well, making 3 of 4 shots and drawing a charge in the first quarter. With a good start and big lead in hand, he played confidently the rest of the way.

Khris Middleton, PF Shot Chart 16 MIN | 4-6 FG | 5-6 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +3

He made a couple of terrible first-quarter passes and later got into a little thing with Larry Drew. Still managed to hit 15 points on 6 field goal attempts.

Zaza Pachulia, C Shot Chart 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +13

It’s hard to measure the quality of a big man against the 76ers, who don’t have much in that department. Zaza didn’t seem to lack for anything, though, especially rebounds.

Nate Wolters, PG Shot Chart 15 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | +9

Perfectly reasonable performance with a sprained ankle, even if he had two more turnovers than he would have in a usual game.

Brandon Knight, PG Shot Chart 21 MIN | 5-10 FG | 4-6 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +4

I thoroughly enjoyed his “I Believe I Can Fly” dunk in the first half.

Jeff Adrien, PF Shot Chart 24 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +15

Along with Giannis and Henson, Adrien helped the Bucks dominate the glass by a 29-13 margin in the first half. Of the Bucks’ 20 missed shots in the first half, they got 13 back via offensive rebound. The only sour note is that he seems to get his shot blocked and/or altered quite a bit. He’d do well to kick a few of those offensive rebounds back out.

John Henson, C Shot Chart 26 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-3 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +17

Lots of good stuff from Henson, including 4 assists, which probably demonstrate that Henson wasn’t forcing the action. But the 76ers had so little rim protection, I have to admit that I wanted him to push for more than nine shot attempts.

Miroslav Raduljica, C Shot Chart 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -10

Didn’t get much playing time from Larry Drew despite the blowout win, but he dropped one nice backdoor pass to Giannis for a dunk.

Ramon Sessions, PG Shot Chart 28 MIN | 6-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | +19

Great box score line. He thoroughly dominated Eric Maynor, who probably shouldn’t be an NBA player at this point.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG Shot Chart 29 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 5 TO | 13 PTS | +12

Lots of blocks, lots of dunks, lots of turnovers. He would probably get called for fewer travels if he didn’t wear shoes brighter than the sun. He also didn’t take kindly to Henry Sims yapping at him when he was prone on the floor. Good job, good effort, Henry Sims.

O.J. Mayo, SG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 8-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | +11

Missed an early boxout on Michael Carter-Williams that turned into a dunk, then bombarded the 76ers with three-pointers. All of his shot attempts look the same, and I mean that in the best possible sense.

Larry Drew
Drew smartly rested Nate Wolters and his sore ankle as much as possible with the game out of reach. He also called timeouts in the right spots when the Bucks didn’t protect the ball well against the 76ers’ ball pressure.

Two Things We Saw

  1. The Bucks bench crushed a 76ers bench consisting of Eric Maynor, Elliot Williams, Hollis Thompson, Byron Mullens and Henry Sims.
  2. Thaddeus Young (28 points, 7 assists, 6 steals, 5 rebounds) has not given up, even if everyone else in the 76ers organization already has.
  3. A little Giannis magic. The first chasedown wasn’t technically a block, but Antetokounmpo’s hustle to bother the shot definitely played a role.

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8 Comments

    • I’m still not sure what happened on the first shot (even after watching it on SportsCenter and NBA TV), how the ball didn’t go in the basket, and what Giannis did to help keep it out. In any case, that might be a Top 10 play of the season for the entire NBA! Wow!

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  2. That was like watching an All Star game…without the stars!

    If nothing else, these guys must have enjoyed playing a game in which they all felt invincible. Reality will set in soon enough.

    As a fan, I must admit that I enjoyed wearing the smile at the end too.

    GO BUCKS!

  3. Couple of notes:

    1. The reason Giannis was pissed is that Sims gave him a two-handed shove in the mid-section. Malik Rose commented on what a great thing that was, showed that Sims really cared.

    2. Jeff Adrien is basically Reggie Evans.

    3. Some Bucks fans thought that Eric Maynor would be a good pick-up, even at the deadline. He is trash to the nth degree.

    4. Don’t know what’s up between Middleton and Drew.

    • Middleton probably has the most reasons to be upset with Drew than any player on the team, he was playing his best basketball of his (young) career when Drew benched him and put Ridnour in the starting lineup and made any chance at winning an impossibility.

      I’ve seen Neal make pathetic turnover after pathetic turnover in the 4th quarter in a game that wasn’t entirely lost and Drew didn’t pull him. Then Drew spends the post-game dogging his players as if his own coaching decisions had nothing to do with the loss.

      …I can see why the hard-working players get tired of Drew’s crap, I’m sure the lazy check-collectors love the guy though.