A game-winning deflection is not something that's seen every day.

With the way things have been going lately, the Milwaukee Bucks will take it.

After Luc Richard Mbah a Moute lost a jump ball to Sixers guard Jrue Holiday with five seconds left, he sensed Philadelphia was going to try and set up Holiday for a final shot. Mbah a Moute jumped the pass from Royal Ivey and tipped it. He then beat the 76ers to the ball and launched it into the backcourt.

Time expired on the game and Milwaukee's four-game losing streak. While not a Picasso, the Bucks scratched back from a low-energy first half to earn a 94-92 victory.

Instead of heading into the All-Star break on a five-game losing streak and under-.500, Milwaukee extended its lead for the eighth and final playoff spot to four games over Philadelphia and clinched the season series from the 76ers.

"To be able to stop the bleeding is huge," Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy said. "To beat a team that's right behind us to give ourselves the tiebreaker against them, just a huge win for us."

Mbah a Moute won't get credit for a steal because the Bucks never controlled the ball, but his hustle play single-handedly saved the game. With the mad scramble after the jump ball, who knows what could have happened.

"There's a jump ball and crazy stuff can happen," Dunleavy said. "It can get tipped out and somebody can launch a three, and there you go, you lose."

The Bucks came out flat and unenergetic in the first half, shooting just 35.6 percent and allowing Philadelphia to make 55.9 percent of its first half shots.

Milwaukee fell behind by 12 at one point and it looked like the Bucks were going to limp into the break. In fact, the Bucks were fortunate to only be down seven at half.