In the first half the Sixers were in control, leading as much as 12 points and carried a 48-39 lead to halftime.
But in the second half the wheels came off, especially in the third quarter, and the Sixers lost to the Bucks 93-87 in overtime to end their three game win streak.
The loss puts the Sixers at 40-37 and narrows their lead over the Knicks for the six seed in the conference back to 2 games. Luckily for the Sixers, the Bucks will most likely miss the playoffs. The Sixers have lost to the Bucks twice in the last three weeks. In their previous meeting the Bucks dismantled the Sixers by 28 points.
Elton Brand led the way for the Sixers leading the team in points with 20, rebounds with 13, and blocks with 2. He hit many clutch mid-range jumpers including a shot that tied it at 79 with 1:42 left to force overtime. Brand also matched Bucks Guard Brandon Jennings basket for basket in overtime to make it a one point game until Jennings’ left handed bank shot put the game away at 89-85 with 26 seconds.
As mentioned above, the hero of the night was Jennings who was 0-6 from the field in regulation, but made all three of his field goal attempts in the extra period, and made the final two free throws to ice the game.
The Sixers got up early, hitting six of their first nine baskets to get up ten pints after the first quarter 30-20. Elton Brand led the way for the Sixers in the first quarter with 8 points, seven rebounds, three steals, and one block.
The Sixers would stay in control in the second quarter, never letting the Bucks get within striking distance to tie or take the lead in the game.
Jodie Meeks was hot in the first half, making his first five baskets (two of which were threes) for 13 points to lead the team at half.
Center Spencer Hawes matched Bucks center Andrew Bogut rebound for rebound with five, and also had ten points to help give the Sixers the 48-39 lead at half.
In the second half the Bucks came to life.
Many fans will dwell on the Jrue Holiday turnover at the end of regulation which ruined the Sixers’ chance to get the potential winning shot, but this game was really lost in the third quarter.
Thanks to nine fouls and a sequence of ten missed shots by the Sixers, the bucks took a 55-54 lead with just over three minutes left in the third quarter.
The Sixers and Bucks would see-saw leads until the Sixers’ Andres Nocioni made a three pointer to tie it at 61 with 37 seconds left in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter the Bucks came out hot, making back to back threes to make it 69-65.
The Bucks would go on a 13-4 Bucks run midway through the fourth quarter to give the Bucks a 76-69 advantage.
Then Elton Brand and the Sixers came on, going on 10-3 run including the Brand mid-range jump shot that tied it at 79 with 1:42 left.
Both teams would have opportunities to score on their final possessions, but both failed to make a basket.
As a side note, this is the tenth overtime game the Sixers have played in this season which leads the NBA
Lou Williams left the game in the fourth with a strained hamstring and did not return.