Instant Replay: Bucks 116, Sixers 106

Instant Replay: Bucks 116, Sixers 106

December 21, 2013, 11:00 pm
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The Sixers began their six-game road trip with a loss to the Bucks, their 12th straight away from home, on Saturday. (USA Today Images)

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MILWAUKEE -- As the Sixers opened a season-long six-game road trip Saturday night in Milwaukee, their effort against the NBA-worst Bucks was discouraging to say the least.

Five Bucks scored in double digits as Milwaukee shot 52.4 percent from the field in handing the Sixers their 12th straight loss on the road, 116-106.

Thaddeus Young (30 points, 10 boards) and Spencer Hawes (25, 11) each did their best to keep the Sixers in it, but they couldn't overcome Evan Turner's poor performance.

One night after leading his team with 29 points and 10 rebounds -- and hitting the game-winning buzzer-beater in OT -- Turner shot just 2 for 15 for 10 points and six rebounds.

Caron Butler played for the first time in 12 games after being sidelined with a sore left knee and scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Turning point
The Sixers closed the Bucks' 10-point halftime lead to 59-57 in the first two minutes of the third quarter, but Milwaukee called a timeout and responded with a 19-8 run over the next 4:16.
 
The Bucks' lead shrunk to seven points in the final minute but was never really in jeopardy.
 
Follow the leader
Khris Middleton and Brandon Knight had the hot hands for the Bucks, combining for 48 points. Middleton, who averages 11.1 points, dropped 27; Knight, who puts up 12.8 per night, scored 21.
 
Young followed up his 25-point performance Friday with a double-double, his fourth this season. Hawes turned in his 11th double-double.
 
Stat-egic
The Sixers had given up 57 three-pointers over their previous three games, but Milwaukee shot just 7 for 25 (28 percent) from beyond the arc. The Bucks did, however, hit 36 of 57 (63.2 percent) of two-point attempts.
 
Take a bow
Michael Carter-Williams in his first two games back after missing seven with a sore right knee has scored a combined 34 points and handed out 22 assists.
 
What’s next
The Sixers have a full week off before their next contest, next Saturday in Phoenix. Their West Coast swing then takes them to Los Angeles (Lakers), Denver, Sacramento and Portland. Only the Kings have a sub-500 record.