10:56 PM - February 22, 2020
10:56 PM - February 22, 2020

It’s over

Bucks 119, Sixers 98.

Check out inquirer.com/sixers for all of our postgame coverage from Keith Pompey and Marcus Hayes at the game.

10:51 PM - February 22, 2020
10:51 PM - February 22, 2020

A notable stat

Credit to ABC’s Hubie Brown for spotting this: with two minutes to go, the entire Sixers’ starting lineup has 43 points combined, while Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton have 56 combined.

10:45 PM - February 22, 2020
10:45 PM - February 22, 2020

This will be over soon enough

Bucks 110, Sixers 85, after Khris Middleton hits a three and Brett Brown calls timeout with 6:20 to go.

10:30 PM - February 22, 2020
10:30 PM - February 22, 2020

End of the third quarter

Bucks 93, Sixers 73.

You can probably guess where this is headed.

Giannis has 26 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists. Furkan Korkmaz is now the Sixers’ leading scorer, with 15 points off the bench.

10:20 PM - February 22, 2020
10:20 PM - February 22, 2020

Now the rest of the Bucks go off

Milwaukee pushes its lead to 89-64 with 3:00 to go in the 3rd. It’s a 17-3 run, with the latest basket a three-pointer by Donte DiVincenzo.

10:07 PM - February 22, 2020
10:07 PM - February 22, 2020

Giannis goes off

He’s now up to 25 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists, and the Bucks’ lead is up to 72-58 with 7:10 to go in the 3rd quarter. Joel Embiid has been out of the game since the 10:56 mark because of his foul trouble.

Giannis Antetokounmpo throwing down a dunk during the first half.
Morry Gash / AP
Giannis Antetokounmpo throwing down a dunk during the first half.
10:00 PM - February 22, 2020
10:00 PM - February 22, 2020

Start of the third quarter

Joel Embiid’s back seems fine, but he just picked up fouls on consecutive plays -- his third and fourth fouls of the night. Giannis Antetokounmpo, meanwhile, has scored the first five points of the quarter. Bucks 61, Sixers 50, 10:55 3rd.

By the way, today is Julius Erving’s 70th birthday.

9:44 PM - February 22, 2020
9:44 PM - February 22, 2020

Halftime

Bucks 56, Sixers 50.

The Sixers are 17-of-50 from the field, the Bucks are 24-46.

Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t make a field goal for the last 3:57 of the quarter, in no small part because of Joel Embiid’s defense on him.

But then this happened...

9:37 PM - February 22, 2020
9:37 PM - February 22, 2020

As for the rest of the game...

Bucks 53, Sixers 44, 2:29 2nd after Furkan Korkmaz hit his second three of the night.

The Sixers had cut Milwaukee’s lead to 37-36 at the 8:02 mark of the quarter.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is up to 14 points on 6-8 shooting, and 6 rebounds. Joel Embiid has 12 points for the Sixers, and Tobias Harris has 11.

9:22 PM - February 22, 2020
9:22 PM - February 22, 2020

Ben Simmons is out for the night

Simmons re-injured his back going up for a layup midway through the first quarter. ABC’s Jorge Sedano reported that “after getting treatment he has now been ruled out for the rest of this game.”

Brett Brown was asked about the impact of Simmons’ absence by Sedano in an interview between quarters, while Simmons was in the locker room but befor he was ruled out. Brown said: “You’ve just got to grab what’s on the bench and manufacture a point guard. We got Alec [Burks] 10 days ago, and he’s going to dribble the ball up and get us organized. J-Rich [Jason Richardson] can do that as well. I think we’re going to feel the pain more defensively than offensively.”

9:07 PM - February 22, 2020
9:07 PM - February 22, 2020

End of the first quarter

Bucks 31, Sixers 21.

Tobias Harris and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the leading scorers with 9 points each. The Sixers are 8-of-25 from the field, the Bucks are 13-of-26.

8:55 PM - February 22, 2020
8:55 PM - February 22, 2020

Then Ben Simmons leaves the court injured...

... or maybe there’s more to it. ABC sideline reporter Jorge Sedano just said “that is going to be the norm tonight - when he’s out of the game, he’s going to go back to the locker room and get treatment. So expect that to be the case throughout the evening.”

8:53 PM - February 22, 2020
8:53 PM - February 22, 2020

Hubie Brown praises Ben Simmons

And does so as Simmons scores back-to-back baskets with slashing layups to the hole.

“This is the best that he’s played since he’s been in the league, because he’s challenging, he’s playing with great confidence,” Brown said. “Not only with the assists, he’s one of the best in the league, but he’also getting you eight rebounds a game … he blows by people [and] they don’t even realize they can’t stop him.”

8:49 PM - February 22, 2020
8:49 PM - February 22, 2020

Rough start

Bucks 12, Sixers 2, 9:17 1st.

The Sixers have hit just one of their first five shots, while Giannis is 3-of-4.

8:27 PM - February 22, 2020
8:27 PM - February 22, 2020

Starting lineups

For the Sixers:

G Ben Simmons

G Josh Richardson

F Tobias Harris

F Glenn Robinson III

C Joel Embiid

For the Bucks:

G Eric Bledsoe

G Wesley Matthews

F Khris Middleton

F Giannis Antetokounmpo

C Brook Lopez

8:25 PM - February 22, 2020
8:25 PM - February 22, 2020

TV/radio details

ABC has the national TV broadcast at 8:30 p.m. Mark Jones calls the play-by-play with analyst Hubie Brown, reporter Jorge Sedano and rules analyst Steve Javie. The local radio call is on 97.5 The Fanatic as usual.

8:20 PM - February 22, 2020
8:20 PM - February 22, 2020

Pregame reading

— Keith Pompey says no matter the team’s trades and lineup changes, the Sixers’ playoff fate depends on Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Marc Narducci writes that the Sixers will have their work cut out for them tonight against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks, who are 25-3 at home this season. Joel Embiid and the Sixers, meanwhile, are 9-19 on the road.

— Ben Simmons is available to play tonight after missing Thursday’s game with lower back tightness. Keith has more details here.

In his latest Sixers mailbag, Keith takes your questions about Al Horford, Brett Brown, and how the team’s recent trades affect matchups with the Eastern Conference’s elite.

— Columnist Marcus Hayes says the Sixers should have drafted Donte DiVincenzo, who’s now playing very well in Milwaukee.

8:15 PM - February 22, 2020
8:15 PM - February 22, 2020

Welcome

Hello out there. I’m Jonathan Tannenwald, live-blogging tonight as the Sixers visit the Milwaukee Bucks in the teams’ third meeting of the sseason.

I’m watching the game on TV with all of you, while my colleagues Keith Pompey and Marcus Hayes are in Milwaukee. Follow them on Twitter if you aren’t already.