The Milwaukee Bucks (36-24) finish the unofficial first half of the regular season with a disappointing loss to the Philadelphia 76ers (35-23), 123-120, inside the Fiserv Forum in Downtown Milwaukee.
Milwaukee had plenty of chances to win this game and held a 116-112 lead with 3:56 remaining.
The next field goal after they took that lead was with 26 seconds remaining.
Khris Middleton did not hold up his end of the bargain this week. After a disaster of a shooting performance against Portland on Monday, Middleton was 6-of-20 from the field tonight, including just 2-of-12 from 3-point range.
I’m in favor of Middleton sitting the All Star game out because it was painful watching him shoot this week.
Giannis Antetokounmpo did everything he could tonight to try and will Milwaukee to a victory, finishing with 32 points on 13-of-23 from the field, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range, 11 rebounds and nine assists.
Jrue Holiday added 24 points on 8-of-15 from the field, with five rebounds and three assists.
As we wrap up the unofficial official first half of the regular season, the Bucks sit at 36-24 and in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The good news? Milwaukee trails the top seed by just 2 1/2 games, as the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls are tied for the 1-seed as both sit with a 38-21 record.
Now we get the All Star Break, which I never watch because I don’t find it enjoyable since I’ve witnessed walk-throughs with more intensity that the All Star game.
The Milwaukee Bucks will welcome the Brooklyn Nets (31-28) to the Fiserv Forum on Saturday, February 26th. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM (Central Time) and will be nationally televised on ABC.