By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were looking to rebound after being beaten by the New York Knicks last night. They faced a hungry Milwaukee Bucks squad that was looking to exploit the shorthanded Sixers. Unfortunately for Philly despite their best efforts they did not have enough, as the Bucks beat them 118-109.
It started out well for Philly, unlike last night they were actually hitting their shots. They started out hitting 63% of their shots in the first quarter. They also stifled the Bucks offense. They were led by Tyrese Maxey who scored 17 of his 31-points in the first quarter. It did not matter who the Bucks put in front of him. He had an answer whether it was from the three-point line, perimeter, or the paint. Maxey has taken full advantage of the increase scoring opportunities in the absence of Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris. The development of Maxey continues to loom large throughout the season. So far he has done well but he will continue to have his chance to prove he is a star especially with the Ben Simmons situation still unresolved.
Despite Philly having one of their better scoring night of this stretch without their top guns. The Bucks weathered the storm and were able to take full advantage of a clearly tired Sixers squad. They were powered by Giannis Antetokounmpo who took full advantage of the lane being opened without Embiid. He made the Sixers pay for even daring to get in his way. He scored 31-points and he singlehandedly led his team back from a 13-point deficit. When Philly tried to mount a comeback late in the game he had the answer. There was simply nothing they could do to stop him.
On the effort of the team despite being shorthanded, “I don’t know if anything surprised me with these guys. They just play hard, and try to figure it out. I thought Tyrese was sensational tonight. Georges gave it everything he had,” said Sixers Head Coach Doc Rivers.
Philly now will get a day off to lick their wounds and prepare for the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. They will need another impressive performance on both sides of the ball if they want to hold Toronto down and get their ninth win of the season.