The Milwaukee Bucks went into Monday night’s game at the Wells Fargo Center with the worst record in the NBA. Thing is, the Bucks clearly weren’t the worst team in the building.
The Bucks picked up their 11th win of the season with a 130-110 drubbing of the Sixers, building a lead as high as 35 points. As a result, the Sixers suffered their 11th straight loss and 10th in a row at home (see Instant Replay).
Can the Sixers stop the bleeding? The lowly Orlando Magic (17-41) come to town Wednesday night and the Sixers beat them in December thanks to a triple-double from Michael Carter-Williams.
In the meantime, here’s what went down on Monday night.
1. Thad dishes
As one would expect, Thad Young led the Sixers with 28 points, six steals and too-many-to-count tumbles to the floor. But Young also led the Sixers in assists with a career-high seven. Young seemed to be looking to thread the needle through the early going. He also was in position to make passes from the perimeter like a (gasp!) small forward.
Young has been playing power forward for the majority of his career, so he must enjoy the opportunity to play his natural position for a chance.
2. The ping-pong balls
So if the Sixers and Bucks are lucky enough to get the top two picks in June's draft, who could they take? The Bucks don’t need big men -- at least it seems that way based on the 40 points they scored in the paint during the first half.
That makes it sound as if the Sixers need a big man or two (or three), but with Nerlens Noel set to anchor the paint, they will set their sights elsewhere.
It wasn’t the most impressive shooting performance against the Sixers -- Joe Johnson won that with a 29-point quarter in December -- but O.J. Mayo was pretty smooth from long range.
Mayo went 7 for 9 from three-point range, including one that turned into a four-point play. Mayo came off the bench to pour it on for the Bucks and was just one of four reserves to score in double figures.
4. Greatest misses
Tony Wroten had a rough sequence in the second quarter when he missed two dunks during one possession. When Milwaukee recovered the ball and brought it to the other end, Wroten was whistled for a foul on 6-foot-8 forward Khris Middleton when he was shooting a 20-footer.
5. Greatest misses II
Meanwhile, newcomer Byron Mullens airballed a wide-open three and Eric Maynor went 0 for 5 from the floor.
Mullens drilled his second attempt from three with 2:21 left to get the Sixers within 28 points.
6. A positive?
The Sixers’ defense was spotty at best in the big loss to the Bucks and the coaching staff is going to have a long night pouring through the tape of this one. However, the Sixers forced 20 turnovers and had 14 steals with five blocked shots.
Still, a team that averaged the league’s next-to-last 92.6 points per game hung 130 on the board.