It was fan appreciation night at the Wells Fargo Center and the Sixers expressed their gratitude for the support by going up 18 points in the first half and earning a 100-92 win over the Bucks.
The Sixers lost their double-digit advantage and trailed by five early in the fourth quarter, but they fought back and recorded their first win against Milwaukee this season after dropping the first three meetings.
With 2:26 to play in the third quarter, the Bucks took a 73-71 lead, their first advantage since jumping out in front at 2-0. The Sixers led by 12 early in the third frame, but the Bucks proceeded by outscoring them the rest of the way, 26-12, to lead 78-76 with 12 minutes remaining in regulation. However, the Sixers held the Bucks to 14 fourth-quarter points and won the final stanza by 10 points.
Follow the leader
Every Sixers starter scored in double figures. Jrue Holiday led the group with 18 points, but shot a dismal 6 of 17. Holiday, however, did have six assists. Spencer Hawes continued to play at a high level, scoring 15 points and corralling a career-high 17 rebounds. Evan Turner had 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Monta Ellis led all scorers with 29 points. Brandon Jennings was 0 for 3 in 17 minutes. His plus/minus was minus-25 and was scoreless for the first time in his NBA career (281 games).
Ersan Ilyasova scored 13 points and grabbed 18 rebounds.
The Sixers outscored the Bucks on the fastbreak by six points (20-14). They also shot 50 percent from behind the arc (8 of 16) and held Milwaukee to 6 of 24 from long distance.
Take a bow
Damien Wilkins stole the ball with less than a minute to play and turned it into a two-hand slam at the other end, giving the Sixers an eight-point lead and the fans free Big Macs for the team scoring 100 points.
Wilkins finished with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting.
The Sixers play at Cleveland on Friday night. The Cavs took a five-game losing streak into their home game against the Celtics Wednesday night. All-Star Kyrie Irving is sidelined with a shoulder strain and hasn’t played since March 10.
Cleveland played the Sixers twice in November, losing at the Wells Fargo Center, 86-79, and then beating the Sixers at Quicken Loans Arena, 92-83. In the Cavs' win, Cleveland was led by current Sixer Jeremy Pargo, who shot 11 of 19 from the floor for 28 points.