Sixers went on to win by 19 points and left Milwaukee at 31 points in the first half.
Sometimes statistics don’t help much when it comes to explaining a match. The Milwaukee Bucks scored just 31 points in the first half, finished the game 9-of-39 from the triple, and lost 22 balls. And yet he won.
The Sixers had a great game overcoming the loss of Joel Embiid again, but he did not give them to prevail. They took a 19 advantage in both the second quarter (45-26) and the third (52-33), but they did not know how to maintain their prevalence on the scoreboard. And then, when they already seemed hopeless, they caused the extension with a salvific triple from Furkan Korkmaz scored 4 tenths of a second from the conclusion. But the positive effect of that way to end the game did not give them to finish off in extra time.
Watch out for these Bucks! The team begins to assemble its new pieces, Giannis Antetokounmpo is already reaching his best version, Jrue Holiday is taking positive steps after returning from his injury, and they have just signed PJ Tucker.
The victory in Philadelphia (105-109 in overtime) is the fifth in a row for Mike Budenholzer’s team, which has won 10 of its last 11 games. Everything goes smoothly.
Atento’s was another exercise of power. He came from signing 3 consecutive triple-doubles. This time he did not reach that figure, but it mattered little. He finished with 32 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, and 13 of 22 on the field goal after scoring 10 of his team’s 16 points in extra time. He was the one who decided the match.
The first part of the Greek was very poor. The great defensive approach on him with an overwhelming work of Ben Simmons left him in 4 points, 1 of 4 in the shot, and 4 turnovers in the first half, and his team felt it well.
The first part of the Sixers was excellent. Huge home defense until the break 45-31 leaving Bucks 12 of 45 on the field goal, 1 of 17 from the triples !, 7 assists, and 13 turnovers. Between Anteto and Khris Middleton, they already had 9 losses (they lost 14 balls at the end of the game).
Then Milwaukee crept into the game, with Anteto waking up in the final stretch of the third quarter and increasing his brilliance as Simmons charged with fouls.
Anteto’s awakening took on a stellar form when he scored 10 consecutive points in overtime to put it 98-105 on the scoreboard. Especially because it was an exercise in versatility that led him to that streak, including consecutively a tackle so typical of him, a triple and a mid-range shot, these two further away from his usual game.
The Sixers resisted to 102-105 with a Ben Simmons dunk. And Simmons himself, he even hit a triple in the final seconds to push the score to 105-107! But by then, there was no time for the miracle.
It seems incredible that Milwaukee could win a game in which they played poorly and disappointingly for many minutes, but that makes them bigger as a team.
In that rebirth, after a horrible first half there were many agents. Excellent Donte DiVincenzo’s game, well well really: 20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 4 triples. Small for everything. Jrue Holiday took his improvement to 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Brook Lopez had 14 points and 7 rebounds. Very good Pat Connaughton from the second unit, being the only backup to escape the disaster.
Bucks survived a low-key Khris Middleton game on offense and the horrible offensive performances of two players who had been doing well as substitutes. Bobby Portis made a 1 of 8 on the shot and Bryn Forbes a 0 of 10.
The visitors scored more points in the third quarter, 34, than in the entire first half, 31. There began their comeback.
Sixers, who only had 8 free-kicks in the entire game, had Tobias Harris on 19 points and 9 rebounds, although he was down to 8 of 23 on the shot. Danny Green added 18 points, all from the triple, an important one when working towards extra time. And Ben Simmons went to triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists, made a triple, defended at a great level, and lost 7 balls.
Well, the substitutes, with a special mention for Dwight Howard, who continues to take steps to cover the loss of Embiid. Today, 13 points and 15 rebounds in 30 minutes. He’s having a very good season.
The worst news for Sixers was Seth Curry’s injury. The guard lost both ankles in a basket tackle in the fourth quarter, falling to the ground and ending up in the locker room. We will have to see what its status is.