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Rapid Recap: Sixers 130, Bucks 125

A poor shooting afternoon dooms Milwaukee

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Despite Giannis Antetokounmpo’s new career high of 52 points, the Bucks were unable to draw the luck of the Irish and fell to the visiting Philadelphia 76ers, 130-125.

Poor shooting plagued Milwaukee in the first half. They’d find themselves down 62-53 at halftime, thanks in large part to their dismal shooting. The team would be an ice-cold 10-of-29 from deep in the first half.

The Bucks would slice the Philadelphia lead down to seven after the third, as their shooting stroke would begin to re-kindle. But as soon as it came back, it seemed to disappear once again. They’d continue to keep it in a reachable range throughout the final period, but in the end, Milwaukee couldn’t get over the hump.

Joel Embiid had 40 points and 15 rebounds to lead the 76ers. Jimmy Butler added 27 as well.

Stat That Stood Out

Milwaukee had a frigid game from beyond the perimeter and in the end, it’s the main factor that you can chalk the loss up to. When it was all said and done, they’d hit just 16-of-50 from deep. I’ve said it before, and its an old basketball adage — if you live by the three, there’ll be times where you die by it. Unfortunately, the latter occurred today for Milwaukee. The 3-pointer has definitely been more kind than toxic for the Bucks this season, so in the long run, I’ll take it. These ice-cold nights are just bound to happen. All in all? Just say “yikes” and move on.