Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sixers Falter Late Against Bucks

It looked as if Lou Williams was going to lead his 76ers (22-17) back from an 11-point 4th quarter deficit when he knotted the score at 93 a piece after knocking down all three free throws following a Brandon Jennings shooting foul.

The Bucks (15-23), however, proved to be too much on this night as it was backup point guard Ben Udrih who nailed the game winning jumper with just under a minute to go.

Lou Williams, who finished with a team high 26, had another chance to play the hero role, but his attempted runner fell short with 7 seconds to go, and when Thaddeus Young's tip-in didn't fall, the Sixers were forced to foul. With the Sixers on the verge of dropping their second game in a row and 8 out of their last 10, Ersan Ilyasova sank both free throws to ice the Bucks' 97-93 victory.

While Williams led the Sixers in scoring, Andre Iguodala finished with 16 of his own and was feeling it from downtown as he knocked down all three of his shots from beyond the arc. Thad Young had his second big game in a row with a double-double that included 14 points and 13 rebounds - 8 of them offensive.

Despite strong performances from these players, the rest of the team struggled; most notably Evan Turner, who was just 1 of 12 from the field. Nick Vucevic also struggled as he finished with only 6 points and 3 rebounds in 17 minutes despite starting.

The Bucks were led by point guard Brandon Jennings, who finished with a game high 33 points and 7 assists.

The 76ers will try to rebound on Wednesday night back at the Wells Fargo Center against the suddenly hot Boston Celtics (19-17) at 7:00 PM.

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