NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Philadelphia
(Friday, April 9th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 95, Philadelphia 90
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Carlos Delfino hit five three-pointers on his way to 23 points, as the playoff-bound Milwaukee Bucks held on to top the Philadelphia 76ers, 95-90, at Wachovia Center.
Luke Ridnour shot 8-of-12 and had 18 points for the Bucks, who now hold sole possession of the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference. They were tied with Miami, but the Heat lost to Detroit on Friday to fall a game behind.
Brandon Jennings added 16 points, seven assists and a career-high five steals in Milwaukee's fourth straight win.
"We've just talked about winning as many as we can and getting as high a seed as we can," said Bucks head coach Scott Skiles. "That's what we're trying to do."
Andre Iguodala shot 9-of-13 and finished with 21 points to pace the Sixers, who have dropped their last six contests. Philadelphia made only nine of its 20 free throw attempts.
The Bucks led by double-digits with under four minutes left, but the Sixers rallied and were within 86-82 after Samuel Dalembert threw down an alley-oop slam with 1:39 left.
After several failed possessions, the Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova drained an open three for a seemingly insurmountable 89-82 advantage with 58.8 seconds left.
However, the Sixers nearly came back. Dalembert had another alley-oop slam, and after Jennings missed a layup, Jrue Holiday sank a three in transition to make it an 89-87 contest with 19.9 seconds left.
Jennings then made two from the line, but Iguodala maneuvered on the left side to gain space on Ilyasova and drained his third trey, making it a one-point game with 12.9 on the clock.
Two Luc Mbah a Moute foul shots put the Bucks ahead 93-90, and the Sixers had their chance to tie, though Holiday missed from behind the arc. Dalembert then planted his foot just over the baseline as he grabbed the rebound, giving the ball back to Milwaukee, and Jennings made two more from the line to seal the victory.
"The things we did in the second half defensively were incredible," said Sixers head coach Eddie Jordan. "At the other end of the spectrum was probably the worst basketball in the first quarter that we've played all year. Not because of effort, but of just trying to get things done. We just couldn't get things done. Credit their defense."
Milwaukee scored the first nine points of the contest and led throughout the first quarter, thanks in part to its defense. The Bucks held the Sixers to 7-of-21 shooting in the opening frame, and led 24-15 moving to the second.
The Bucks continued to play in front and took a 48-36 lead into the break. They were still up by double-digits with five minutes left in the third quarter before the Sixers ran off eight straight points to get within three. It was a 65-60 contest moving to the fourth, and the Bucks stretched their lead back out, going up 81-70 on a Delfino three with six minutes to go.
The teams split the four-game season series...Holiday finished with 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting and had seven turnovers to eight assists...Lou Williams had 15 points for the Sixers...The Bucks sank 21-of-23 free throws.
04/10 01:13:07 ET