It was without a doubt the match of the day, a duel between two of the coconuts of the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee arrived in great shape and having completed a clever move going forward. Philadelphia, still without Embiid, sought to remain a conference leader. Those of Wisconsin ended up taking the prize with a suffered victory by 109 to 105 in extra time.
Budenholzer had to pull a short rotation against the Sixers. The transfer by PJ Tucker forced him to do without two of his less common players and his starting quintet ended up playing almost 40 minutes on average last night.
However, they all more than complied. Giannis Antetokounmpo led his men in the battle, scoring 32 points and grabbing 15 rebounds as top scorer of the match. The Greek faced the moment of truth and confirmed his current great moment.
His teammates did not fail him this time and both Holiday as Middleton or DiVincenzo contributed their bit, all of them above 15 points, to tie in short a triumph of enormous importance for the Bucks.
The Sixers came to meet the known casualty of Joel Embiid. The knee injury he suffered last week keeps him out and Doc Rivers is having to learn to play without his star.
Ben Simmons added a new triple-double as the leader of the Philadelphia game, achieving 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.. He made a triple, something that is news, and led the attack of his own in a great first half.
The Sixers left Milwaukee at 33 points at halftime after a brilliant defensive performance. However, the passage through the locker room gave wings to the Bucks who came out in a whirlwind in the second half. A last partial of 28-19 allowed them force extension and there it ended up being a question of heads or tails.
Philadelphia missed the best face of Tobias Harris. The forward, with greater responsibility in the absence of Embiid, was far from his best nights and barely scored 8 of 23 attempted pitches. His 19 points were also the best mark of the team.
Extra time was decided with a 16-12 run in favor of Milwaukee, the team that persecuted her the most and that was most solid at the moment of truth. Despite the great timing, none of the important men ended up fouls, leaving us a beautiful final duel between these two titans.
The win allows Milwaukee consolidate its third place in the Eastern Conference, ever closer to Philadelphia. The Sixers themselves, on the other hand, see how this slide means that Brooklyn manages to equal its balance at the top of the table.