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PHILADELPHIA - Spencer Hawes and Dorell Wright combined for 13 points in a critical 15-0 fourth quarter flurry Wednesday night, as the Philadelphia 76ers rallied to beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 100-92.

Jrue Holiday and Damien Wilkins scored 18 points apiece to pace Philadelphia (28-43), which had lost three of its previous four. Hawes had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, while Wright and Thaddeus Young scored 14 each.

Monta Ellis scored 29 points for Milwaukee (34-36), which lost its fourth straight but remains the Eastern Conference's eighth seed, 6.5 games ahead of the ninth-seeded Sixers.

Nineteen of Ellis' points came in the second half, as Milwaukee, which trailed by 18 points in the second half, built a seven-point lead early in the fourth.

A fast-break layup by Mike Dunleavy with 8:40 left gave the Bucks an 87-83 lead, but Spencer Hawes started the 15-0 run with a layup, and Wright put the Sixers ahead to stay by burying a 3-pointer from the left wing with 7:48 remaining.

Wright then stole Ellis' pass and went the distance for a dunk, and Hawes tacked on a 3-pointer and a layup off Wright's feed.

Evan Turner, who scored 13 points, capped the run with a 3-pointer, giving the Sixers a 98-87 lead with 5:09 to play. In all Milwaukee was scoreless on seven straight trips in the run, and turned the ball over on five of them.

The Sixers managed just two points in the final 5:09, on Wilkins' fast-break dunk with 41.7 seconds left.

Larry Sanders scored 15 points, and Ersan Ilysova had 13 points and 18 rebounds for the Bucks. But Brandon Jennings, who came in averaging 18 points, was held scoreless for the first time in 281 career games.

Young made his first six shots of the game and scored 12 first-half points, as the Sixers, who led by 18 at one point in the second quarter, settled for a 54-48 halftime lead. Wilkins scored 10 in the first half for the Sixers, who shot 54.3 percent from the floor.

But Ellis, who scored 10 points in the first half, crammed 11 into the third quarter, in which Milwaukee forged a 78-73 lead late in the period. Their margin was two at the end of the quarter, but Ellis notched the first five points of the fourth period, giving Milwaukee an 83-76 lead.

NOTES: Sixers coach Doug Collins said it is "a little premature" to say his son Chris, an assistant at Duke, has been hired as the new coach at Northwestern, as CBSSports.com reported. "He had a very good meeting the other day, and he's very, very interested," the elder Collins said. "It fits the profile of what he's looking for in a school. ... Hopefully something will happen. I know Chris is very, very excited." ... Milwaukee center Larry Sanders began the night averaging 9.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and a league-leading 3.05 blocked shots per game, all career highs. "He's got to be up there for Most Improved (Player)," coach Jim Boylan said. "He's made a tremendous leap from last year to this year." ... Bucks forward Luc Mbah a Moute returned after missing the previous eight games with a sprained toe.
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