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

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

OKLAHOMA CITY -- James Harden scored 21 points, and the Houston Rockets overcame Russell Westbrook's seventh consecutive triple-double to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Friday night.

Harden also had 12 assists and nine rebounds to help the Rockets win their fifth straight. Houston withstood Harden's 6-for-23 shooting effort.

Westbrook finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He has the longest triple-double streak since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989. The most in a row is nine by Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968.

It was Westbrook's 12th triple-double this season and the 49th of his career. He is the NBA's active leader in the category and ranks sixth all-time.

The Thunder had won the previous six games during Westbrook's triple-double binge (see full story).

James moves into 9th on scoring list as Cavs top Heat
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 27 points to move into ninth place on the NBA scoring list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Miami Heat 114-84 on Friday night.

James passed Elvin Hayes on a driving layup with 6:58 remaining and has 27,315 career points. The four-time MVP was removed about a minute later and received a loud ovation from the Cleveland crowd.

Kevin Love, a game-time decision because of back spasms, scored a team-high 28 points and had 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers. He missed the morning shootaround but was in the lineup after warming up on the court about an hour before tip-off.

Kyrie Irving added 23 points for the Cavs, who have won three straight after losing three in a row.

Derrick Williams scored 17 points to lead the short-handed Heat, who have lost four straight (see full story). 

Schroder has career-high 33, Hawks rally past Bucks
MILWAUKEE -- Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 33 points and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from 20 down in the second half to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-110 on Friday night.

Paul Millsap had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18.

The Hawks, who ended a seven-game losing streak Wednesday with a win over Miami, trailed by 20 at halftime. A 40-point third quarter put them back in the game.

Jabari Parker scored 27 for Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo, in foul trouble throughout the game, had 14.

Atlanta pulled ahead 105-103 on Kyle Korver's jumper with 3:15 remaining, giving the Hawks their first lead since early in the game (see full story). 

Joel Embiid 'shoots the ball with the touch of like Steph Curry'

Joel Embiid 'shoots the ball with the touch of like Steph Curry'

NEW ORLEANS -- Of all the players Joel Embiid could be compared to, a similarity between a 7-foot-2, 270-something-pound center and a 6-foot-3, 190-pound point guard wouldn’t seem like a match.

That’s exactly what Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry sees, however, when looking at Embiid and reigning MVP Steph Curry.

“He’s different than anybody that’s been in this league in a long, long time,” Gentry said Thursday before the Sixers win over the Pelicans. “He’s a tremendous talent, he really is. I’ve never seen a guy that size, and with that kind of strength, that’s got such a soft touch. He shoots the ball with the touch of like Steph Curry. It’s so soft when it leaves his hand.”

Curry is shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from three. Embiid is 45.8 percent from the floor is 44.2 percent from long range.

Embiid flashed a big smile and paused to react when hearing of Gentry’s praise. He had been feeling hard on himself after going 0 for 5 beyond the arc against the Pelicans (see story).

“Steph is probably one of the best shooters in the league right now," Embiid said. "So that compliment means a lot."