The two worst teams in the league met Monday night, and Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Drew was expecting a battle. Instead he got a blowout, this time with his team on top. A strong effort from the Bucks' second unit led to a 130-110 romp over the Philadelphia 76ers as Milwaukee set season highs for points, points in a half (73), points in a quarter (43) and field-goal percentage (57.1%). It was also the Bucks' largest victory margin of the season, eclipsing a 15-point decision over the Los Angeles Lakers. Reserve guard O.J. Mayo set a torrid pace, sinking 7 of 9 three-pointers and finishing with 25 points to lead seven Bucks in double figures. And the Bucks suddenly might have a worthy challenger for the league's worst record. The 76ers (15-42) lost their 11th game in a row and are just four victories ahead of the Bucks (11-45) in the chase for draft lottery position. Milwaukee torched the 76ers with a 43-point second quarter, hitting 18 of 28 shots and 5 of 7 from three-point range in the period while rolling to a 73-44 halftime lead. Brandon Knight punctuated the outburst with a one-handed dunk after taking a backward bounce pass from Mayo on the break. "They brought some energy and they brought some intensity," Drew said of the second unit consisting of Mayo, Ramon Sessions, John Henson, Jeff Adrien and Giannis Antetokounmpo. "O.J. was making shots and John got the ball down low and capitalized. I thought Jeff and John were stabilizers in the paint area." Henson had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists, and Adrien pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds in just 24 minutes. "We wanted to take advantage of our size, for once," Henson said. "Once we got it in the post and started moving it around and got everybody flying around, we broke the game open." Henson said he enjoys playing with Adrien, acquired along with Sessions in the trade deadline deal with Charlotte last week. "I think me and Jeff complement each other. He's big, strong, and I'm rangy, wiry," Henson said. "It's a good 1-2 punch for us right now."
With blowout, Bucks pull closer to 76ers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Feb 25