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Instant Replay: Bucks 110, Sixers 102

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Instant Replay: Bucks 110, Sixers 102

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MILWAUKEE The weather in Milwaukee Monday was 6 degrees Fahrenheit, with the wind blowing 13 mph.

The Sixers were playing inside the Bradley Center, but their shooting was ice cold to start the game; they missed 13 of their first 15 field goal attempts and, despite a comeback, fell to the Milwaukee Bucks, 110-102.

They would fall behind by as many as 14 but in the second half but kept chipping away, closing to within four with 6:47 to play on a Thaddeus Young steal and dunk.

Mike Dunleavy hit a three coming out of a timeout to stretch that lead to seven and their lead was never truly in jeopardy again, in large part because the Sixers committed four of their 16 turnovers in the fourth quarter.

The Sixers fell to 17-25. The Bucks improved to 22-18.

Turning point
The first quarter unfortunately was the turning point. Milwaukee shot 57 percent; the Sixers shot 30 percent and trailed by 10 entering the second quarter.

Twelve of the Bucks 28 points came in the paint, and they outscored the Sixers 9-0 on the break.

Follow the leaders
Ersan Ilyasova had 17 points and 10 rebounds with 8:34 still to play in the third quarter. He averages 9.4 points. He finished with a team high 27 points.

Brandon Jennings scored 33 against the Sixers early in the season when the Bucks won in Philadelphia, 105-96. Jennings dropped 25 points on the Sixers and Monta Ellis added 18.

Evan Turner had 23 points. Spencer Hawes and Nick Young, as they were Monday night, were solid off the bench scoring 21 and 20 respectively. Hawes also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Stat-egic:
Jrue Holiday tied his season low with three made field goals, and for just the second time this season he failed to score in double digits. He had 12 assists and eight turnovers. Holiday was 3 for 12 from the floor in what was his worst game of the season.

Take a bow
Milwaukees defense held the Sixers to 43 percent shooting. The Sixers shot 50 from behind the arc (8 for 16), but they committed 16 turnovers leading to 22 points. They also failed to get to the free throw line. The Sixers were 10 for 13 from the line. The Bucks hit 21 of 33 free throws.

Whats next
The Sixers have three days off before taking on the New York Knicks Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. The Knicks lead the Atlantic Division by one game over Brooklyn. New York beat the Sixers in a home and home earlier this season.

At Madison Square Garden Carmelo Anthony led his team in scoring with 27 points; J.R. Smith scored 20 and New York forced the Sixers into 18 turnovers. Holiday also scored 27 points, but the Sixers lost starting guard Jason Richardson less then two minutes into the game to an ankle sprain.

In the second meeting the next night the Knicks won, 110-88. Carmelo Antony led his team in scoring with 21 points. Six other Knicks scored in double figures as well.

The Sixers shot just 34 percent. Holiday was their leading scorer with 17 points.

E-mail Dei Lynam at dlynam@comcastsportsnet.com

Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons among Sixers at Eagles' home opener

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Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons among Sixers at Eagles' home opener

Philly teams supporting Philly teams.

Sixers head coach Brett Brown, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Robert Covington, Richaun Holmes and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot attended the Eagles’ home opener together Sunday.

While the Sixers watched the Eagles' game against the Giants from a suite, Embiid still high-fived with fans during the afternoon.

The Sixers and Eagles have close ties. Justin Anderson has longstanding friendships with Torrey Smith, Rodney McLeod and Chris Long (see story)

Sunday is the final day of the Sixers' offseason. Media day will be held Monday and training camp begins Tuesday at their training complex in Camden, New Jersey. 

Donald Trump starts war with sports, and athletes have united

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Donald Trump starts war with sports, and athletes have united

OAKLAND -- As President Donald Trump lurches closer to certified insanity, he is unwittingly doing the country a great service that, should we survive his dangerously whimsical term, will bring us closer to realizing our potential.

He’s unifying the previously disconnected and energizing the formerly apathetic. He’s even shaming some of those previously beyond shame.

It is because of Trump’s rage, unleashed in a span of less than 24 hours, that the NBA champion Warriors were more united Saturday morning than they were Friday afternoon.

After a speech in Alabama urging NFL owners on Friday to fire any “son of a bitch” who dared to protest peacefully to shine a light on injustices, Trump woke up Saturday and turned his Twitter ire upon Stephen Curry and the Warriors, conceivably the most wholesome representatives of American sports.

“That’s not what leaders do,” Curry said after practice Saturday.

“We know we’re in a fight,” Warriors center David West said. “And we’re going to continue to fight for our right to be human beings.”

But by advocating the job loss of peaceful protesters and then informing the Warriors they are not welcome at the White House -- because Curry said he’s not in favor of going -- we can only hope Trump has flung open a door of activism that never closes.

Trump’s radical combo ignited mighty blasts of blowback from players and coaches and commissioners of the NBA and NFL.

Among the many NBA figures issuing statements in one form or another, with varying degrees of condemnation: LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, the players association and commissioner Adam Silver.

“The amount of support I saw around the league this morning was amazing,” Curry said.

Among the many NFL figures who were moved to comment: Seahawks players Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett, Broncos lineman Max Garcia, 49ers owner Jed York, New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, Packers boss Mark Murphy, the players association and commissioner Roger Goodell.

Trump has, in short, started a war with American sports.

His strike began with the comments made Friday night that were directed at Colin Kaepernick and others who have declined to stand for the anthem. Trump’s aggression intensified Saturday when he went after Curry in the morning and Goodell in the afternoon.

How did we get here?

The Warriors on Friday announced their plan to meet as a team Saturday morning to decide whether they would accept from the White House the traditional invitation extended to championship teams. Though it was fairly certain they would not, they left open the slightest possibility. General manager Bob Myers had been in contact with White House.

Curry at the time said he, personally, did not wish to go, and then he carefully and patiently expounded on his reasons.

Trump responded, at 5:45 a.m. Saturday, to tell the world that the Warriors would not be invited and, moreover, that Curry’s resistance is the reason.

And all hell broke loose.

The Warriors came back Saturday afternoon with a statement that made clear there no longer would be a team meeting on the subject, that they were disappointed there was no open dialogue and that they will instead utilize their February visit to “celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion -- the values we embrace as an organization.”

“Not surprised,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Trump’s decision not to invite the Warriors to the White House. “He was going to break up with us before we could break up with him.”

Trump has fired upon every athlete in America. He is waking up this country in ways we’ve never seen or felt and, my goodness, he’s doing so at a level we’ve needed for centuries.

“Trump has become the greatest mirror for America,” West said. “My cousin . . . she brought that to me. Because there are a lot of things have been in the dark, hidden, and he’s just bold enough to put it out on ‘Front Street.’"