MILWAUKEE — This game was over early.
The Milwaukee Bucks scored the first 10 points and had a 32-12 first-quarter lead to dash any hope of victory the 76ers had.
In the end, the Bucks prevailed, 124-117, Thursday night at Fiserv Forum. The outcome was more lopsided than the final score. Here’s a look at the best and worst awards from the game:
Giannis Antetokounmpo gets this. I must admit this award was tough to pick because of the solid games by Antetokounmpo’s Bucks teammates Khris Middleton and Bobby Porter. But I gave it to the two-time league MVP for finishing with game highs of 27 points and 16 rebounds to go with a team-high two steals. He was also a game-best plus-25.
Danny Green gets this. This Sixers small forward failed to score and attempted just one shot in 14 minutes, 50 seconds. The positive was that he had one block and one steal, but he was a minus-19 for the game.
Best defensive performance
This goes to Antetokounmpo for his two steals and one block.
This goes to Milwaukee’s three-point shooting. The Bucks shot 20-for-40, 50%.
This goes to Joel Embiid’s rebounds. The four-time All-Star and MVP candidate grabbed a season-low three rebounds in 26:50.
Worst of the worst
This goes to the Sixers starters’ first-half effort. They played with no energy or urgency. Embiid was a minus-22. Tobias Harris, Seth Curry, and Green were each a minus-18, and George Hill was a minus-17. Embiid didn’t appear to exert a lot of energy on defense. Either that or someone kept blowing an assignment. That’s because Milwaukee center Brook Lopez, whom Embiid guarded, was left alone. Taking advantage, he buried four wide-open three-pointers in the first half.