6 observations from Sixers-Bucks

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6 observations from Sixers-Bucks

Spencer Hawes was on the verge of losing his three-pointer streak until his finally got a clean look with 1:21 left in regulation. He got another one 54 seconds later to help the Sixers climb to within one point.

Hawes saved his most theatrical and heroic shot for last, though.

With 1.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Hawes hit an off-balance three-pointer while jumping off the wrong foot. With that, Hawes put his six-shooters into his invisible holsters and got ready for overtime.

Here are a handful of the theatrics from the Sixers’ entertaining 115-107 overtime victory (see Instant Replay) over the Bucks on Friday night:

1. Hawes gets another double-double
Mark it as nine double-doubles for big man Hawes this season. Only Chris Paul, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin have more double-doubles than Hawes this season.

Hawes scored 25 points with 12 rebounds and hit a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter to extend his streak to 14 straight games with at least one three-pointer. The three-pointer moved Hawes into sole possession of third place for threes made by seven-footers.

Hawes had a couple of dunks, including one on the business end of an alley-oop from Evan Turner, who led the Sixers with 27 points.

2. Another close call for MCW
The Sixers nearly were the first team in the NBA with two triple-doubles this season. Michael Carter-Williams came close to another triple-double in his second game back from a foot injury.

MCW had 12 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. He also had five steals.

The most impressive part of Carter-Williams’ near triple-double? He only took eight shots.

Tony Wroten got his first career triple-double in the overtime victory over Houston last week.

3. The second unit
With 2:57 remaining in the first quarter, Sixers head coach Brett Brown went with a lineup of Wroten, Elliot Williams, Hollis Thompson, Brandon Davies and Lavoy Allen. By the time Brown took that group out with 7:34 to go in the half, the Sixers had a 12-point lead that got as high as 15.

Thompson scored 10 of his career-high 16 points during that stretch with Allen pouring in six. Wroten dished out six assists.

Over the final 7:34 of the first half, the Sixers’ 12-point lead shrunk to just two points by halftime even though they shot 60 percent in the half.

4. Costly turnovers
Though the Sixers shot 60 percent from the field during the first half and hammered the Bucks on the boards by a two-to-one margin, the game remained close throughout the second half. How so? The Sixers committed 15 turnovers in the first half and a season-worst 26 for the game.

The team’s starting five had 21 turnovers, which is likely the reason the second unit was so effective when closing the first quarter -- the reserves didn’t turn it over.

The Bucks didn’t need to worry about the rebounding margin or the Sixers’ shooting percentage when the ball was handed over to them.

5. Traffic jam
The Sixers’ perimeter players had little difficulty in driving to the basket against the Bucks. In fact, Turner and Carter-Williams got the ball into the paint whenever they wanted.

The problem was finishing.

As soon as the Sixers dribbled or passed the ball into the paint, Milwaukee’s defense swooped in for a block or a hard foul. It didn’t dissuade the Sixers, though. The team had 52 points in the paint and 18 at the foul line.

6. If they’re free …
Thanks to the drives to the hoop, the Sixers got 29 free throws against the Bucks. They shot just 62 percent.

Best of NBA: Mavs top Heat, improve to 2-0 with Nerlens Noel

Best of NBA: Mavs top Heat, improve to 2-0 with Nerlens Noel

DALLAS -- Seth Curry scored 29 points, Harrison Barnes added 24 and the Dallas Mavericks beat Miami 96-89 on Monday night, handing the Heat just their third loss in 19 games.

Curry looked a little like famous older brother Stephen Curry of Golden State by hitting two long 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, the latter giving Dallas a 90-89 lead. The Mavericks rallied from 14 points down in the first quarter and let an 11-point third-quarter lead get away.

Two games after scoring a career-high 31 points in a loss at Minnesota, Curry was 5 of 7 from long range to help the Mavericks improve to 2-0 with forward-center Nerlens Noel, who came from the Sixers before the trade deadline.

Goran Dragic scored 24 points for the Heat, who went scoreless over the final 4:37 as a three-game winning streak ended (see full recap).

DeRozan tops Knicks with late jumper, scores 37
NEW YORK -- DeMar DeRozan made a turnaround jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining, finishing with 37 points and leading the Toronto Raptors to a 92-91 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.

The Raptors won their fourth in a row, doing it with DeRozan and defense after learning earlier in the day that All-Star Kyle Lowry will have right wrist surgery that could sideline him the rest of the regular season.

Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points for the Knicks, but finished a 9-for-26 night when he missed a long jumper as time expired.

Newcomers Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker were on the floor down the stretch as the Raptors clawed back from a 17-point, first-half deficit. Ibaka finished with 15 points.

Toronto moved percentage points ahead of Washington for third place in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors host the Wizards on Wednesday.

Derrick Rose and Courtney Lee each scored 16 points for the Knicks (see full recap).

LeBron leads Cavs over Bucks in return from strep throat
CLEVELAND  -- LeBron James returned from a bout with strep throat and scored 24 points, Kyrie Irving added 25 and the Cleveland Cavaliers held off the Milwaukee Bucks 102-95 on Monday night.

James missed Saturday's loss to Chicago -- the Cavs fell to 0-4 this season without their superstar -- and was listed as questionable before arriving at Quicken Loans Arena. He looked fit from the start, delivering an early dunk and adding one in the fourth that he capped by screaming, "That's and one!" at MiIwaukee's John Henson, who fouled him.

James' dunk triggered an 11-0 run that helped put away the Bucks, who were within 86-85 midway through the fourth.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 20 to lead Milwaukee, and Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored just nine on 4-of-13 shooting (see full recap).

Instant Replay: Warriors 119, Sixers 108

Instant Replay: Warriors 119, Sixers 108

BOX SCORE

Stephen Curry shot 0 for 11 from three and it didn't even shake the Warriors.

In spite of the star's long-range woes, the Warriors beat the Sixers, 119-108, on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Sixers hung tight with the Western Conference powerhouse in the first half. They trailed by just one after the first quarter and three after the second following a 10-0 run. Klay Thompson led all players with 15 points in the first half while Gerald Henderson and Kevin Durant were right behind him with 12. Meanwhile, Curry went 2 for 11 (including 0 for 7 from long range and a pair of airballs) in his first 18 minutes.

The Warriors, though, opened the third with a 12-3 burst to take a 12-point lead. They scored 34 points in the quarter even as Curry's shooting woes continued (0 for 10 from three through three). Durant scored 22 points through three. The Sixers trailed by 13 heading into the fourth.

The Sixers fought until the buzzer, but were never able to overcome that third-quarter spurt. The Warriors won their 50th game of the season (50-9) while the Sixers dropped to 22-37.

Inside the box score
• Curry went scoreless from three for the third time this season and 37th game of his career. He shot 0 for 10 against the Lakers on Nov. 4 and 0 for 8 on Dec. 7 against the Clippers.

• Durant led all players with 27 points to go with eight rebounds and four assists.

• Draymond Green recorded a 14-point, 11-assist double-double along with six rebounds.

• Jahlil Okafor picked up his fifth foul with 9:44 to go in the third. As a result of his foul trouble, Richaun Holmes logged 28 minutes and scored 15 points with four rebounds. Okafor, meanwhile, committed seven turnovers, scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in 17 minutes.

• Dario Saric led the Sixers with 21 points and seven assists, while snatching seven rebounds.

• Robert Covington pulled down a team-high eight boards.

Saric bounces back
Saric hit the ground after being struck in the face by David West in the fourth. He walked off the court on his own and stayed in the game. West was issued a flagrant 1 on the play (see video).

Grab-and-go defense
What's the key to defending the Warriors? Grab whoever is open. Brett Brown didn't want the Sixers to get locked into one-on-one matchups when each player can be a threat.

"You have to accept switching," Brown said. "You have to accept that it's going to be a generic-type gym in relation to matchups don't matter a lot in our early offense. You just have to find Klay wherever he is and whoever it is. You've got to find Steph. You've got to find Kevin. Draymond is a runaway train when he rebounds and leads the break. It's really the instruction that you're not a prisoner to have to guard your original matchup. You're going to see a lot of people on a lot of different people."

Bogut era ends
As expected, the Sixers waived Andrew Bogut on Monday after acquiring him in the Nerlens Noel trade from the Mavericks (see story). Brown has known Bogut since the center was in high school thanks to their Australian connection. He would have liked to have coached Bogut but understands Bogut's interest to sign with a contender.

"I spoke with him at length. His goals aren't aligned with ours," Brown said. "He really feels, and I agree with him, he wants to go play on a playoff team at this stage in his career and make an impact from that sort of vision lens, more playoff-oriented than trying to build something. I respect his candidness. I would have liked to have had him."

Hart in the house
Watch Philadelphia native Kevin Hart ring the ceremonial bell before the game.

Up next
The Sixers travel to Miami to face the Heat on Wednesday. They snapped the Heat's 13-game winning streak in their last meeting.