Instant Replay: Bucks 110, Sixers 102


Instant Replay: Bucks 110, Sixers 102


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.

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.

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Sixers eyeing players waived by other teams before finalizing roster

Sixers eyeing players waived by other teams before finalizing roster

CAMDEN, N.J. — As the Sixers decide who to keep on their roster and who to waive before the regular season, they also are keeping an eye on moves around the league.

Teams have been making cuts as the preseason winds down. In addition to assessing their own group of players, the Sixers are watching who becomes available. 

"There's always stuff that comes in late. You think you know a few days out and sometimes something happens," Brett Brown said after practice Thursday. "There are other teams that are releasing people too, and so the table is very fluid. The marketplace forces you to pay attention and make sure you're doing your job and growing your team. It's hard to say honestly (that) everything's in place and it's set, you know exactly [who] the 15 (players) are going to be. That is not true."

The Sixers' needs have shifted since the start of training camp. Once deep in the frontcourt and at the one spot, the Sixers have been hit by injuries to point-forward Ben Simmons (right Jones fracture), projected starting point guard Jerryd Bayless (sore left wrist), big man Jahlil Okafor (right knee) and center Nerlens Noel (left groin strain). They reportedly expressed interested in Timberwolves point guard Tyus Jones, according to The Vertical.

The roster stands at 20. Elton Brand announced he will be retiring, which clears up a spot. Cat Barber, Shawn Long, Brandon Paul and James Webb III, who signed with the Sixers this offseason, are those likely to be waived. Players that don't make the Sixers still could end on their D-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers.

The Sixers will play their final preseason game on Friday against the Heat in Miami. Brown does not foresee a huge change to happen from the finale. He has been observing many of the Sixers since Summer League, and others returned to Philadelphia to work out ahead of training camp.

"I think it all adds up," Brown said. "We've seen a body of work. We've seen a lot. I think that it will play out more with that in mind than a dramatic performance on the last game of an NBA preseason."

When it comes time for Brown to make the final decision, the conversations don't get easier over the years. 

"It's always hard for me," Brown said. "A lot of these guys were with us over the summertime, so it's not like you just met him. It's never an easy time. But it's also a time, you feel like you've done your best to help them. They'll be better off, I think, for having spent time with us."

The Sixers begin the regular season on Oct. 26 at home against the Thunder.

Report: Sixers have shown interest in Timberwolves PG Tyus Jones

Report: Sixers have shown interest in Timberwolves PG Tyus Jones

With Ben Simmons and Jerryd Bayless hurt, the Sixers are still lacking a distributor, and so it makes sense that they've been in contact with the point guard-rich Timberwolves.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Sixers and New Orleans Pelicans have shown interest in T'wolves backup point guard Tyus Jones. 

With fifth overall pick Kris Dunn and Ricky Rubio, Minnesota is set at PG. Jones, 20, is third on the totem pole a year after being drafted 24th overall. 

According to Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves are more inclined to trade Jones than Rubio. 

Jones has a connection to the Sixers in Jahlil Okafor, a former teammate at Duke. Both were one-and-dones for the 2014-15 National Championship team. Jones averaged 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists for the Blue Devils. 

He played sparingly as a rookie last season with Minnesota (37 games), averaging 4.2 points and 2.9 assists in 15.5 minutes, but stood out this summer, winning Las Vegas Summer League MVP.

T.J. McConnell has started the majority of the preseason at point guard for the Sixers. Sergio Rodriguez got the nod in the last game against the Pistons. Brett Brown is also looking at Nik Stauskas to fill the spot in a non-traditional role.