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.
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.
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.
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.
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