Milwaukee lost its seventh in a row on the road and third straight overall on Wednesday, 97-91 to the Chicago Bulls.
The Bucks had a six-point lead with five minutes to go, but Chicago went on a 9-0 run to take command of the game. Michael Redd had 30 points, but Milwaukee shot just 38.5 percent from the field.
“We got the lead in the fourth quarter, but our quick shots got them back in the game. If we would have had the patience to move the ball a little bit more, we probably could have extended the lead,” Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said.
The Bucks have won six of their last seven at home, but following this contest, begin a three-game road trip with a matchup against Atlanta on Saturday. Milwaukee hasn’t won a game away from the Bradley Center since defeating the Hawks 118-102 on Jan 20.
Philadelphia beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-107 at home Wednesday in its first game since the All-Star break. The Sixers went into the break following their most lopsided loss of the season, a 117-84 defeat at Chicago on Feb. 16.
“That last loss stuck with us,” said Andre Iguodala, who had 25 points Wednesday. “We just tried to get on track. We talked yesterday and this morning about being a little more aggressive and making those guys work on offense.”
Iguodala had an eventful All-Star weekend, finishing second in the slam dunk contest and being named MVP of the Rookie Challenge.
“Coach (Maurice) Cheeks talked about it when he first came, that I had to step it up each game, and I think I have stepped my game up this year from last year, but I think there’s a lot more I can do as well,” Iguodala said.
Cheeks said he wants to get Iguodala more involved.
“We want him to get offensive opportunities, no question,” Cheeks said. “I think that he can get more opportunities in running the floor, getting early post up.”
The Bucks have won all three meetings with the Sixers this season after dropping five straight in the series.