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PHILADELPHIA - Brandon Jennings scored a season-high 33 points Monday night as the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Philadelphia 76ers 105-96.

Monta Ellis added 18 points for the Bucks (3-3), and Mike Dunleavy had 13.

Jennings' 3-pointer from the right wing with 7:05 left - after he nearly lost the ball twice - snapped an 89-89 tie and gave Milwaukee the lead for good. He added two layups in the closing minutes, when the Bucks extended their lead to as many as 10.

Jennings, who shot 12-for-21 from the field, also had eight assists. The Bucks shot 51.3 percent from the field and owned a 48-31 rebounding advantage.

Jrue Holiday scored 25 points and Jason Richardson added 20 for the Sixers (4-3), who saw a three-game winning streak end. They trailed 75-59 early in the third quarter, but went on a 26-8 run that extended into the early stages of the third quarter. They took their first lead of the half on Spencer Hawes' jumper with 11:46 left.

Holiday scored seven points in that flurry, and Richardson and Thaddeus Young had six apiece.

The game was tied three times before Jennings nailed his 3-pointer, after twice fumbling the ball and recovering.

Jennings scored 19 first-half points, including 10 straight in a 14-0 Milwaukee spree late in the half, as the Bucks seized a 62-50 halftime lead.

Milwaukee, which made its first eight shots of the game, went 23-for-36 from the field (63.9 percent) in the half.

Holiday and Dorell Wright scored 14 points apiece in the half for the Sixers.

NOTES: Andrew Bynum said before the game the revised timetable for his return, announced earlier in the day by the Sixers, does not constitute a setback. "It really was the original plan," he said, to return eight to 12 weeks after he incurred a bone bruise in his right knee in mid-September. The team, however, originally announced he would be out a month. Later, the return date was pushed back another month, until Nov. 19. But after Bynum underwent an MRI last Monday, it was determined (according to a team statement) that he will not be able to resume basketball activities until Dec. 10, and then would need anywhere from a week to four weeks of practice and conditioning before he could play. ... Richardson returned to the Sixers' starting lineup after missing the previous four games with a sprained left ankle.
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