7:00 PM ET, February 24, 2014
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
O.J. Mayo stars as balanced Bucks send 76ers to 11th straight loss
PHILADELPHIA -- The Milwaukee Bucks haven't won too often this season, and a road victory has been even rarer.
They earned both in a laugher over the nearly-as-hapless Philadelphia 76ers.
O.J. Mayo made seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points, Ersan Ilyasova added 20, and the Bucks placed seven players in double figures in a 130-110 rout of the 76ers, who lost their 11th straight game on Monday night.
"In our situation, it's great to get a win any way we can get it," Bucks coach Larry Drew said.
Ramon Sessions scored 16 points, Khris Middleton and Brandon Knight had 15 each, and Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 13 for the Bucks (11-45), who own the NBA's worst record. John Henson added 12 for the Bucks, who had their highest scoring game of the season.
Milwaukee is 5-22 on the road.
"We're not a 130-point team," Drew said. "Tonight was a good night. I'll take it."
Philadelphia (15-42), which owns the league's second-worst record, has lost 21 of 24 and 10 straight at home. It is the club's longest skid since a 12-game losing streak during the 1996-97 season.
The Bucks had lost two in a row, 21 of 24, and 10 straight on the road. Their last away victory was against the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 31, 2013.
Milwaukee still hasn't won back-to-back games this season. Only 12,216 were in attendance for this one.
"It feels great," Henson said. "It's the first time in a real long time we got a win like this. Hopefully, we can keep it going."
Philadelphia trailed 73-44 at halftime, the most points the 76ers have allowed in any half this season. It got worse as the Bucks' lead swelled to 33 points in the third quarter.
The 76ers trailed by 35 in the fourth against a team that could have the most ping pong balls in the NBA draft lottery.
"The effort was extraordinarily poor," Sixers coach Brett Brown said.
Mayo made his first five 3-point attempts. His sixth turned into a four-point play with 3.9 seconds remaining in the third quarter, giving the Bucks a 106-76 advantage.
"Guys did a great job of finding me," said Mayo, who was 7-for-9 from 3-point territory. "I had the easy part of knocking them down."
But the biggest name from their four deals before the NBA trade deadline on Thursday was inactive. Forward Danny Granger, a former All-Star who was acquired from the Indiana Pacers for forward Evan Turner and forward-center Lavoy Allen, was in town but not at the arena.
Brown said before the game that a decision on Granger's status could be made within the next day.
For now, Philadelphia has no answer how to turn things around.
"It's a learning process, and we have to try to get the guys on the learning curve," said Young, who added a career-best seven assists.
It wasn't nearly enough.
"You can't blink," Brown said. "We've had a lot of nights like this."
Bucks F Caron Butler sat out with a sprained left ankle. . The Sixers managed only 13 rebounds in the first half. . The Bucks' 73 points in the first half were a season high in any half. . Bucks F Jeff Adrien had 10 rebounds.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 24: Ersan Ilyasova #7 of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots the ball against the Philadelphia...(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Co-MVPs: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jeff Adrien, John Henson. Milwaukee's backup frontcourt put the game away early, racking up a 29-13 first-half rebounding edge. For the game, Antetokounmpo added four blocks and Henson made 6-of-9 field goal attempts.
(Not) LVP: Thaddeus Young. Despite being surrounded by new faces and ill-fitting role players, Young resolutely pressed on. He scored 28 points, to go with 6 steals, 7 assists and 5 rebounds.
X factor: O.J. Mayo. En route to a team-high 25 points, Mayo came off the bench to make 7 of his 9 3-point attempts and hand out 3 assists.
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Thaddeus Young is one of the only Sixers veterans who survived the trade deadline, and he put up a great line in a blowout loss to the Bucks on Monday.[+]
The Bucks lead the 76ers 73-44 at halftime, the most points the Bucks have scored in a half since Nov. 14, 2009. The Bucks bench has scored 39 points in the 1st half... The 76ers have 44 points as a team (the Sixers bench has 12 points).
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