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Philadelphia at Milwaukee

Sixers use balanced scoring to cool off Bucks

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks spent more than a month as one of the hottest teams in the NBA, playing as well as they did when they last won a postseason series on the way to the Eastern Conference finals in 2001.

All the hard work caught up with them.

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11y-New York-
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Complete Playoff Race

Rookie Jrue Holiday had 15 points and seven assists, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 101-86 victory against the lagging and lackluster Bucks on Wednesday night.

It was a dismal display for Milwaukee, which had won 15 of the previous 17 to virtually assure a postseason berth for the first time since 2006.

"We've got to understand; we haven't clinched anything yet," said Bucks forward Jerry Stackhouse, who had 15 points. "We've still got to win games to make sure we secure ourselves a spot."

Samuel Dalembert had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Willie Green scored 16 points and Andre Iguodala 14 as the Sixers poured it on for their third victory in the past 16 games.

The Sixers were an unlikely candidate to snap Milwaukee's longest home winning streak in six years after previous home victories against teams such as Cleveland, Boston, Utah and Atlanta.

"We're [not] past that point where we look at teams that are below us and expect an easy win. We're not that good yet. Definitely not," Bucks center Andrew Bogut said. "We just came out and didn't play well tonight."

Rookie Brandon Jennings scored 12 points for Milwaukee, but the Bucks shot 5 for 28 from 3-point range and led only once in the game, 3-0, before missing 14 in a row from beyond the arc.

"It's tough when they're good looks," said Stackhouse, who was 1 for 6 from 3-point range.

Milwaukee, in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, had last won eight straight at home during a 10-game streak in 2004, and its 15-2 record was its best stretch in 28 years.

But this squad that has made its reputation on tough defense and a grinding pace of play showed neither against the Sixers. Instead, the Bucks settled for long jump shots and allowed Philadelphia to score at will.

"We seemed almost too sluggish to even attempt to drive the ball by anybody," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "We were just going to stand out there and cast up 3s."

There was no need to "Fear the Deer" -- the buzz phrase that has caught on here -- because these Bucks looked exactly like the team that has won 38 percent of its games in the previous five seasons and finished last in the Central Division each time.

John Salmons, who had been averaging 20.5 points since a trade to Milwaukee at the deadline, went 2 of 12 for four points in 30 minutes after playing an average of 43½ minutes in the previous four games. Skiles said Salmons was the only player who had an excuse to be tired, but his whole team was flat-footed from the start.

"In three months, two teams are going to be playing in the NBA Finals, so if you're fatigued right now, you're probably not up to that challenge," Skiles said. "That's the reality of it, but I can't deny what I see with my own eyes."

The Sixers, who were formally eliminated from the postseason Monday night and are in the midst of their worst season in over a decade, shot 52.6 percent from the field and held a double-digit lead throughout the second half.

"If you play the right way, you build a foundation for how things need to be run," Iguodala said. "We always try to play at a high level. I don't think anyone can say that we don't go out and play hard."

Notes

  • The game marked the first return of rookie Jodie Meeks, who was a second-round pick by the Bucks but was traded at the deadline to Philadelphia along with Francisco Elson for Primoz Brezec and Royal Ivey. Meeks had seven points in 21 minutes.
  • Sixers G Lou Williams (lower back pain) missed his second successive game, while F Thaddeus Young (broken right thumb) missed his fifth in a row.
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Andre Iguodala (14 points) and the Sixers catch John Salmons and the host Bucks on a bad night.  (AP)
Andre Iguodala (14 points) and the Sixers catch John Salmons and the host Bucks on a bad night. (AP)

Scoreboard
Philadelphia (25-47) «28302320101
Milwaukee (39-31) 2322182386
PHI:W. Green 16 Pts
PHI:S. Dalembert 10 Reb
PHI:J. Holiday 7 Ast
MIL:J. Stackhouse 15 Pts
MIL:E. Ilyasova 11 Reb
MIL:L. Ridnour 4 Ast
Players of the Game
MilwaukeePhiladelphia

J. Stackhouse

J. Holiday
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
15221547
Philadelphia
A. Iguodala, SG304-105-635114
E. Brand, PF281-71-26423
J. Holiday, PG287-100-047415
S. Dalembert, C266-70-0102412
J. Kapono, SG234-61-130210
W. Green, SG257-110-013116
R. Carney, SF242-72-24006
J. Smith, PF235-71-290111
J. Meeks, SG212-72-21227
M. Speights, PF113-61-22147
F. Elson, CDid Not Play
A. Iverson, SGDid Not Play
L. Williams, SGDid Not Play
T. Young, SFDid Not Play
Totals 41-7813-17432421101
 52.6%76.5% 
Milwaukee
J. Salmons, SF312-120-01124
C. Delfino, SG293-102-243110
A. Bogut, C204-80-03038
B. Jennings, PG194-93-513112
L. Mbah a Moute, SF152-31-25015
E. Ilyasova, SF333-80-011016
L. Ridnour, PG294-103-434111
J. Stackhouse, SF233-98-822015
K. Thomas, PF120-00-02040
R. Ivey, PG122-40-00214
C. Bell, SG93-40-02137
P. Brezec, C72-20-23024
D. Gadzuric, CDid Not Play
M. Redd, SGDid Not Play
Totals 32-7917-2337162086
 40.5%73.9% 
Other Games
Orl 84 Final
Atl 86
Den 99 Final
Bos 113
Wash 82 Final
Ind 99
Utah 113 Final
Tor 87
Min 95 Final
Char 108
Sac 79 Final
NJ 93
Cle 105 Final
NO 92
Hou 104 Final
OKC 122
LAL 92 Final
SA 83
Mem 110 Final
GS 128