MILWAUKEE — Doc Rivers was right.
There’s really not a lot the 76ers can learn from their two-game series with the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum. The Bucks rolled to a 132-94 victory on Saturday night, two days after posting a seven-point win over the Sixers.
The Sixers were without Ben Simmons (illness) during both games, while Joel Embiid (right shoulder soreness) missed Saturday’s contest.
But here’s a look at the best and worst performances from Saturday’s contest:
Giannis Antetokounmpo gets this for the second consecutive game. This time, the two-time MVP finished with game highs of 24 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists in 23 minutes, 43 seconds. Thirteen of his points came in the third quarter on 5-for-6 shooting. With the game in hand, Antetokounmpo sat out the fourth quarter.
Mike Scott gets this. This Sixers reserve power forward started at center with Embiid sidelined. Scott had three points on 1-for-3 shooting to go with two rebounds in 15:04.
Best defensive performance
Jrue Holiday gets this. The Bucks point guard and former Sixers standout had a game-high four steals.
This goes to Milwaukee’s third-quarter shooting. The Bucks shot 15-for-24, 62.5%.
This goes to Sixers’ first-quarter shooting. They shot 7-for-24, 29.2%. (For the game, the Sixers shot 37.8%.)
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Worst situation to begin with
This goes to Embiid not being able to play. The MVP candidate had been listed as a starter 30 minutes before the game, but was ruled out after the lineups were submitted. Without him, the Sixers had little to no chance of winning.
Worst of the worst
This goes to Dwight Howard getting a technical foul for clapping his hands. It marked his 15th technical foul of the season. The reserve center will receive a $5,000 fine and serve a one-game suspension after his next technical.