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Bucks Take Control of 76ers for Wire to Wire Win

For the Milwaukee Bucks it was not a matter of who they were playing but rather a matter of how they were playing.

Wednesday night at the Bradley Center the Bucks faced the worst team in the NBA. The Bucks defeated the 76ers 113-100 in the first game Jason Kidd missed following hip surgery. The 76ers have not won a road game all season and they have only won one game in 30 tries thus far this season.jabari-1024x576

From the Bucks perspective, they needed to build off solid performances against Golden State and Phoenix on the West Coast road trip last week. Mission accomplished.

The Bucks grabbed immediate control of this game from tipoff and would lead the 76ers by double digits from the middle of the first quarter through the end of the game. Offensively the Bucks came out with good ball movement and they were able to get a lot of players involved. The Bucks put six players including all five starters in double figures. Wednesday night they had 51 made field goals and 34 of those were assisted. Also the Bucks had several individual strong performances. Jabari Parker had 16 points. He continues to get more confidence with each game. Wednesday night was his best shooting night of the season. He also showed quickness and explosiveness on several occasions in order to break to the basket for rim rocking dunks. Also Michael Carter Williams continued his recent run of strong play by posting 18 points, nine assists, five rebounds and four steals. Due to all the team-wide easy baskets the Bucks were able to shoot 60 percent for the game.

John-Henson-Milwaukee-Bucks-Power-ForwardThe Bucks defense tonight was nearly as great as the team’s offense. The Bucks forced the 76ers into 22 turnovers setting up 23 Bucks fast break points. Included in those were 14 Bucks steals that resulted in either Bucks lay-ups or dunks. In addition to all the turnovers the Bucks were able to block 12 shots, six of those blocks were from John Henson.

The good news for the Bucks is not that they beat the horrible 76ers but rather that they were able to carry some positive things forward from the end of the road trip. They need to maintain the defensive energy and offensive ball movement that were both on display in the first half. If they are able to maintain that Coach Kidd will be pleased with the team he finds whenever he is able to return.

The Bucks host the Raptors Saturday afternoon at the Bradley Center. They will be seeking their third consecutive victory.


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