Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Antetokounmpo, Allen push Bucks past short-handed 76ers

Aaron Bracey Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 16 rebounds, Grayson Allen scored 25 points and hit a key 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter, and the Milwaukee Bucks held the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers 118-109 on Tuesday night.

Bobby Portis added 19 points for the NBA champion, who traveled to the White House to meet President Joe Biden a day after celebrating the franchise’s first title in 50 years. The Bucks won just the second time in the last seven.

Tyrese Maxi scored 31 points for the 76ers who played without All-Star Joel Embiid four times for the second game in a row. Embiid was one of four 76ers due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols, along with Tobias Harris, Mattis Thiebull and Isaiah Joe.

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Seth Curry (left leg injury) also sat in the 76s, and Ben Simmons (personal reasons) didn’t play the entire season.

All the absences prompted Philadelphia general manager Daryl Morey to tweet Tuesday afternoon that “the hits just keep coming”.

But the 76ers left the court to applause from the normally demanding home crowd, which recognized a strong effort by the Philadelphia team starting Shaq Milton, Maxi, Furkan Korkamaz, Paul Reid and Andre Drummond. .

Philadelphia took their final lead of the competition on Maxi’s bank shot, which made it 102–101 with 5:43 to spare. Consistent 3-pointers by Portis and Pat Connaughton put the Bucks 107-102 ahead, and Allen sealed it with a 3, which placed the Bucks 114-107 with 1:30 play.

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