I hope the Sixers picked up a couple cases of Leinenkugel while they were in Wisconsin, because their last road game for more than three weeks certainly wasn't a particularly successful trip from a basketball standpoint.
Less than 24 hours after blowing a fourth-quarter lead against the Spurs, the Sixers went to Milwaukee and looked quite pedestrian against a team they could well need to chase down if the playoffs are in the cards.
According to the box score, tonight's 110-102 loss wasn't all that bad. They actually won the rebounding battle despite looking like they were getting manhandled inside all night, and they shot 8-for-16 from three-point range. But they were down 10 by the end of the fourth quarter, and despite a run that cut Milwaukee's lead to four halfway through the fourth quarter, the Bucks kept the Sixers at arm's length the whole way, taking the lead less than four minutes in and keeping it the rest of the way.
Ersan Ilyasova put in a Kevin Love-like performance, dropping a game-high 27 points to go with a game-high 16 rebounds, seven of them on the offensive glass, all the while resembling a terrifying mix between Boris Karloff and the Ice Truck Killer from the first season of Dexter. Brandon Jennings had 25 points and Monta Ellis chipped in 18 points and 10 assists.
The Sixers, despite being on the second half of a back-to-back, went very shallow. Only eight players played more than four minutes, led by Evan Turner's 45. He also led the Sixers with 23 points. Spencer Hawes played big minutes, most of them in the offensive zone, going for 21 points and six offensive rebounds. Jrue Holiday never really got going in his 40 minutes, contributing 12 assists but only nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.
Also, Nick Young scored 20 points, the two most entertaining of which were quite entertaining indeed. Insert your Larry Sanders joke here.
A more comprehensive...well, I wouldn't call it a recap per se...is yet to come.