MILWAUKEE BUCKS DEFEATED PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 109-105 MARCH 17
March 18, 2021
The Philadelphia 76ers fell to the Bucks, 109-105, on Wednesday night at The Center. Philadelphia is now 28-13 on the season and 18-4 at home.
In the setback, BEN SIMMONS posted 13 points, 10 rebounds, and team highs of 12 assists, two steals and two blocks. The triple-double was Simmons’ fourth this season and the 32nd of his four-year career. He’s now tied with Atlanta’s RAJON RONDO for the 13th-most triple-doubles in NBA history (Basketball-Reference).
His 12 assists matched a season high, one he’s now accomplished five times (Basketball-Reference). He leads the team with 264 assists on the season, 11th in the NBA (NBA.com/stats).
Off the bench, DWIGHT HOWARD posted 13 points (6-11 FG) and a game-high-tying 15 rebounds. It was Howard’s sixth double-double of the season and his third in his last five games since the All-Star break (Stathead).
Over those five games, Howard is averaging 11.2 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, while shooting .585 from the field (NBA.com/stats).
Five 76ers posted at least two steals, including Simmons and MATISSE THYBULLE. Thybulle now has 60 steals on the season, which is tied with Charlotte’s LAMELO BALL for fourth-most in the NBA. He and Indiana’s T.J. MCCONNELL are the only two players in the top five in the NBA in steals, despite playing fewer than 1,000 minutes (NBA.com/stats).
The 76ers (Simmons, Thybulle and DANNY GREEN) are the only team in the NBA with at least three players with 50-or-more steals (NBA.com/stats).
Green made six three-pointers en route to 18 points, adding six rebounds, one steal and one block in his 35 minutes. He leads the team with 96 threes on the season (NBA.com/stats).
He’s the only 76er to make at least six threes in a game this season on multiple occasions. Both SETH CURRY and FURKAN KORKMAZ have done so once (Stathead).
The Bucks were led All-Star GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, who recorded a game-high 32 points and a game-high-tying 15 rebounds. The two-time MVP is averaging 29.1 points and 11.8 rebounds per game, ranking in the top five in the NBA in both categories. He’s now tied with Indiana’s DOMANTAS SABONIS for second in the NBA with 29 double-doubles (NBA.com/stats). The Bucks were also aided by former Villanova standout DONTE DIVINCENZO and his 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists. DiVincenzo is averaging 10.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game on the season, all career highs.
NEXT UP: The 76ers will host the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, March 20 at 8 p.m. ET at The Center. This will be the second and final meeting this season between the two teams and the only one at The Center. The Kings sit at 16-24 and 13th in the Western Conference, most recently defeating the Washington Wizards tonight, 121-119. The game will be televised locally on NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus and can be heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.