Basketball / Sports

With blowout, Bucks pull closer to 76ers

PHILADELPHIA -- It appears the Milwaukee Bucks have real competition to be the worst team in the NBA.

The Bucks dismantled the Philadelphia 76ers, 130-110, Monday night as they rolled to a 29-point halftime lead and finished with their highest point total of the season.

O.J. Mayo's torrid three-point shooting fueled the Bucks, who torched the 76ers with a 43-point second quarter on the way to a 73-44 halftime lead.

Mayo sank all 4 three-pointers he attempted in the first half as Milwaukee shot 59.2 percent from the field and held a 22-4 advantage in second-chance points over the 76ers.

The Bucks (11-45) ended a 10-game road losing skid and moved within 3 1/2 games of the 76ers (15-42) in the race for the league's worst mark and the most pingpong balls in the May draft lottery.

But that mattered little to a Bucks team trying to finish the season on a positive note.

Seven Bucks were in double figures, led by Mayo with 25 points and Ersan Ilyasova with 20. Mayo was 7 for 9 from three-point range.

Ramon Sessions finished with 16 points, and Brandon Knight and Khris Middleton each contributed 15 points. Rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo had 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and four blocks.

Thaddeus Young led the 76ers with 28 points and added seven assists and five rebounds. Michael Carter-Williams had 20 points.

The 76ers, after dealing starters Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes at the trade deadline last week, lost their 11th straight game.

The Bucks led by as many as 35 points in the third quarter and had a 106-76 margin entering the final period after a four-point play by Mayo.

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