Sixers Fall Just Short in Overtime Thriller vs. Bucks
After a late-game thriller against the Knicks on Tuesday, the Sixers would find themselves back in action on Wednesday night. They would be hosting Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in the second leg of a back-to-back.
This game would become a tale of two halves. The Sixers had total control of the game and were doing an amazing job slowing down the Bucks' offense, and then the script was flipped after halftime.
Furkan Korkmaz would hit a huge three at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime, but the Sixers would fall just short. The Bucks would walk away with a 109-105 win, ending the Sixers' win streak at six games.
Part of what helped the Sixers break out to a big lead early was their defense on Giannis. At halftime he had just four points, this would drastically change in the second half. The reigning two-time MVP would break out in the second half en route to finishing with 32 points and 15 rebounds.
The Sixers would get back to the balanced attack Wednesday night with seven players finishing in double-figures. Tobias Harris would lead the team in scoring, finishing with 19 points.
Ben Simmons would do it all tonight to keep the Sixers within striking distance. He would finish the game with a triple-double, racking up 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. Simmons would also hold his own defending Giannis for a large majority in this game before getting into foul trouble in overtime.
Dwight Howard has been a nice boost of energy for the Sixers without Embiid and he would continue his strong play against the Bucks. The veteran big man would score 13 points and grab 15 rebounds, finishing with a double-double for a second straight game.
One player who would step up for the Sixers tonight is Danny Green. After having a rough shooting night against the Knicks, he would come out and hit six triples against the Bucks. Green would end the night as the team's second-leading scorer with 18 points.
Turnovers would be something that the Sixers would struggle with greatly against Milwaukee. They would cough the ball up 20 times, resulting in 23 points for the Bucks. The length of the Buck's lineup was a difference-maker for them in this matchup.
Moral victories do not help at all in the standings, but the Sixers should not hang their heads after this game. It took overtime for the Bucks to put the game away when the Sixers were not at full strength. If this game was used as a measuring stick, the Sixers should feel good about seeing this team again down the road.
Fatigue was another major factor that affected the Sixers in this game. The toll of a physical matchup against the Knicks the night before became apparent late in this game. The Sixers looked to be running on fumes in the closing minutes and you could see it.
After this grueling back to back, the Sixers now have two days to get off their feet and rest up. They will be back in action again on Saturday night, facing off against the Sacramento Kings.