After a strong first half, it looked like the Philadelphia 76ers were doing everything in their power to lose tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half. In the fourth quarter alone, the team went 7-for-14 from the line including empty trips by James Anderson and Michael Carter-Williams. They also turned the ball over four times in the quarter and 26 times for the game including an inexcusable pass by Lavoy Allen when he had a wide-open jumper with the team down four.
The team made mistake after mistake through the fourth quarter and they made Caron Butler look like the reincarnation of Michael Jordan with 38 points. Then all of the sudden Spencer Hawes took over, hitting three 3’s in the final minute and 21 seconds including the game tying three from the corner. Once in overtime, it was Evan Turner‘s turn to play hero, scoring eight points in their 115-107 victory.
The Sixers had hit a bit of a losing streak and desperately needed this win against a bad Bucks team. The most encouraging thing was despite all of their mistakes this young group came together and hit some big shots down the stretch and even clamped on the defensive end in overtime as the Bucks shot 1-for-8.
The Sixers are now 6-8 on the season but this win was a big one. Any time a team can overcome 11 missed free throws, 26 turnovers and a 38 point performance from a guy only averaging 13 points a game on the year, you have to feel good about where your team stands. Turner overcame a slow start and Hawes continues to play out of his mind. The key to this game was overcoming mistakes, something a young team isn’t always capable of doing. If they can win a game like this, they could stay relevant for longer than many expected.