Milwaukee nearly rallied from an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit Friday before falling 116-111 to Philadelphia. The Bucks, who were a season-high six games over .500 on Dec. 24, fell to 27-28.
“Our turnovers led to their transition and we didn’t do much to stop them,” Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said.
Scoring has been a problem for Milwaukee, which topped 100 points for only the second time in its last 13 games Friday. Leading scorer Michael Redd has struggled from the field during the losing streak, shooting just under 38 percent (32-of-85).
The Bucks also enter the game on a seven-game road skid since a 118-102 win Jan. 20 at Atlanta. Redd and Bobby Simmons combined for 53 points in that game as Milwaukee recorded its highest point total of the season.
Atlanta has shown signs of improvement, winning six of its last 11 games. Joe Johnson matched a career high with 40 points to go with 13 assists in a 117-112 overtime win Friday at Indiana.
Johnson turned in the game’s biggest play when he took a pass from rookie Marvin Williams and drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to send the game to overtime.
“We got some life at the end of regulation and I didn’t want to go into overtime playing from behind,” Johnson said. “I went out and tried to take control.”
Johnson was 16-of-24 from the field and hit all five of his 3-point attempts.
“Our record doesn’t say that we have a good team, but we are playing hard,” Johnson said. “And to beat a good team like Indiana on the road, that gives us a lot of confidence going into tomorrow night against Milwaukee.”
Atlanta reserve forward Josh Childress continued his recent surge with 18 points Friday. Childress has reached double figures in eight straight games, averaging 16.1 points in that stretch.