NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Milwaukee
(Wednesday, January 27th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 91, Philadelphia 88
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Brandon Jennings dropped in a floater from the lane with 22.3 seconds left for the game-winning bucket, as Milwaukee held off Philadelphia for a 91-88 win at the Bradley Center.
Jennings ended with 18 points after being held scoreless over the opening 21 minutes and added seven assists. Charlie Bell donated 18 points as well for the Bucks, who halted a six-game losing streak to the Sixers.
"It was ugly from the beginning," Bell said. "It was one of those games but we had to stick with it...and we have to win games like that."
Elton Brand notched a season-high 26 points on 12-of-20 shooting with 10 rebounds, but missed a wide open layup that would have tied the game with 11.9 seconds left.
Thaddeus Young hit all six of his field goal attempts for 14 points to finish as the only other Sixer in double figures in the club's second straight defeat.
Milwaukee had built up an 87-77 lead with under five minutes left, but the Sixers battled back behind a quick 8-0 spurt, which ended on a pair of buckets by Lou Williams for a two-point affair with three minutes remaining.
A series of misses and turnovers from both sides resulted in an 88-86 Bucks lead as the next 2:20 saw just a single free throw from each team. Brand ended the stretch of inept play with a jumper that tied the game with 41.8 seconds to go.
Jennings came back on the other end and drove the lane before pulling up for a floater near the left elbow to put the Bucks in front with 22.3 ticks left.
Philadelphia had a golden opportunity to even things up on the ensuing possession, as Williams dished underneath the hoop to Brand, who went up for what seemed like an easy hoop -- but it bounced off the front of the rim and out. He got his own miss and went for a step-back jumper, but that too caught only iron, and the ball skidded out of bounds with possession going to Milwaukee.
Luke Ridnour made just 1-of-2 foul shots with 3.1 seconds still showing, leaving the door open for a last-second three by Philadelphia. Andre Iguodala got a decent look off the inbounds but had his high-arcing attempt catch the front of the rim.
"It's something didn't every night," a frustrated Iguodala said. "We just haven't been able to put a good streak together.
The Bucks were ahead 20-19 after the opening quarter, but found themselves down nine a short time into the second following an 8-0 Sixers stretch. Williams drained a short deuce for a 37-28 game near the seven-minute mark.
However, an ensuing 10-2 Bucks run resulted in a one-point game as Bell's jumper made it 39-38. Milwaukee led 48-46 at the break.
The teams played a tight third quarter, resulting in a 72-69 Milwaukee edge heading to the final frame.
Ersan Ilyasova went for 15 points and six rebounds for Milwaukee, which shot 43.5 percent...The Sixers hit 46.2 percent of their shots and received nine points, five rebounds and four assists from Iguodala...Andrew Bogut contributed 11 points and nine boards, while Ridnour added 10 points for the Bucks...Marreese Speights logged nine points and seven rebounds and Samuel Dalembert came up with 11 boards and eight points in defeat.
01/27 23:56:13 ET