Philadelphia at Milwaukee

Bucks 91, 76ers 88

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks had run out of energy and nearly blew a 10-point lead in the closing minutes. The Philadelphia 76ers let them off the hook again and again and again.

Brandon Jennings scored 18 points, hitting a 12-footer with 22 seconds left, and the Bucks held on for a 91-88 win on Wednesday night after the Sixers missed three shots to tie in the final 11 seconds.

"We were clearly fatigued," said Bucks coach Scott Skiles, whose team was outrebounded 51-35 and went 2 of 8 from the free-throw line in the final 6:02. "We missed some free throws, we had a lot of things not go our way, but we were still able to get [the win]."

Milwaukee snapped a six-game skid against the Sixers, but needed Elton Brand to miss a short layup and a 17-foot fadeaway in the final seconds.

"I missed the chippie. So, I'm thinking, 'OK. I got it back.' Could have gotten a better shot, but the shot clock and everything, I thought I could just knock it down," said Brand, who scored a season-high 26 points and added 10 rebounds. "I was making everything. So, I was pretty confident in that [second] shot."

Then, after Luke Ridnour failed to hit a second free throw that would've given Milwaukee a four-point lead with 2.2 seconds left, Andre Iguodala clanked a 27-foot 3-point attempt at the buzzer to end it.

"Well executed plays. We just didn't make a shot," Sixers coach Eddie Jordan said.

None of them fell as Milwaukee improved to 5-0 at home since Jan. 1 and bounced back from a 108-107 loss in Dallas on Tuesday night. Milwaukee is 4-10 in games decided by three points or less.

"Hopefully the basketball gods even it out and toward the end of the year we'll start getting some more to go our way," said Charlie Bell, who finished with 18 points.

Milwaukee led by 10 with 4:47 left, but went more than 2½ minutes without scoring until Andrew Bogut hit the second of two free throws to make it 88-85 to stop Philadelphia's 8-0 run.

Lou Williams hit a free throw to cut it to 88-86 with 1:53 left. The Sixers tied it when Brand hit an 18-footer over Bogut, but missed several good opportunities after Jennings answered with his only points of the fourth quarter to put Milwaukee ahead 90-88.

Jennings, who grew up idolizing Sixers guard Allen Iverson but had never talked to him until Wednesday night's matchup, got off to a rough start by missing his first five shots.

But Jennings, who also wears No. 3, was clearly the better player than the aging superstar on this night. After his 0 for 5 start, Jennings went 8 of 13 from the field for the rest of the game.

Iverson finished with six points, all in the first half.

"A lot of close games so far have been not going our way," said Jennings, who didn't talk to Iverson beyond their greeting just before tip. "It was good to get a home win. We're pretty good at home right now."

Notes

Milwaukee held a silent auction with all proceeds going toward the Red Cross Haiti earthquake relief efforts. Sixers center Samuel Dalembert, a native of Haiti, also addressed the crowd before the game. ... Jennings, twice honored as Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, was selected to play in the Rookie Challenge and will be the fifth rookie for the Bucks to appear in the game after Yi Jianlian (2008), Bogut (2006), Ray Allen (1997) and Glenn Robinson (1995).

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Scoreboard
Philadelphia (15-30) 1927231988
Milwaukee (19-25) «2028241991
PHI:E. Brand 26 Pts
PHI:S. Dalembert 11 Reb
PHI:A. Iverson 4 Ast
MIL:C. Bell 18 Pts
MIL:A. Bogut 9 Reb
MIL:B. Jennings 7 Ast
Players of the Game
MilwaukeePhiladelphia

B. Jennings

E. Brand
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
181726101
Philadelphia
A. Iguodala, SG404-110-05419
E. Brand, PF3912-202-3101126
S. Dalembert, C284-70-011048
A. Iverson, SG273-100-01426
J. Holiday, PG211-42-24305
L. Williams, SG193-91-54137
T. Young, SF196-62-371314
M. Speights, PF192-65-67349
W. Green, SG150-10-01030
J. Kapono, SG90-20-01000
R. Carney, SF51-22-20004
R. Ivey, PGDid Not Play
J. Smith, PFDid Not Play
P. Brezec, CDid Not Play
Totals 36-7814-2151172188
 46.2%66.7% 
Milwaukee
C. Bell, SG448-170-233118
A. Bogut, C383-95-790211
L. Mbah a Moute, SF381-60-28012
B. Jennings, PG348-181-317518
C. Delfino, SG253-80-05126
E. Ilyasova, SF207-80-060115
L. Ridnour, PG153-73-414210
K. Thomas, PF102-40-01154
H. Warrick, PF102-53-31007
J. Stackhouse, SF70-30-00100
F. Elson, CDid Not Play
D. Gadzuric, CDid Not Play
J. Meeks, SGDid Not Play
M. Redd, SGDid Not Play
J. Alexander, SFDid Not Play
Totals 37-8512-2135171991
 43.5%57.1% 
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