Bucks 116, 76ers 106

The Sports Xchange
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MILWAUKEE -- Forward Khris Middleton scored 27 as the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a five-game losing streak with a 116-106 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Middleton did much of his damage in the second half when he scored 20 of his points on 8 of 10 shooting.
His 10 third-quarter points helped the Bucks retake control of the game after Philadelphia carved eight points out of a 10-point halftime deficit. Middleton scored on back-to-back possessions and sparked a 14-2 Milwaukee run that made it an 85-72 game through three quarters.
Philadelphia trailed by as many as 19 in the fourth before whittling away at the Milwaukee lead but couldn't get closer than seven down the stretch, losing for the eighth time in nine games despite 30 points from forward Thaddeus Young and 25 from center Spencer Hawes.
Guard Michael Carter-Williams scored 12 of his 19 in the first half while forward Evan Turner added 10 off the bench for the 76ers.
After playing a combined three overtimes in their last two games -- including a 110-104 loss Friday night in Cleveland -- the Bucks' offense got off to a good start and shot 52 percent from the field despite a 7 of 25 effort on 3-pointers.
Forward Caron Butler returned to action in a big way, scoring 22 points while playing 40 minutes in his first action since Nov. 27.
Butler had missed Milwaukee's last 12 games after his left knee swelled up following a 100-92 loss to the Wizards. He returned to the starting lineup and made three of his first four shots, finishing the day 8 of 21 from the field.
The Bucks also got 21 points from point guard Brandon Knight and 12 points from forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Center Miraslav Raduljica, getting extended minutes with Henson out and centers Zaza Pachulia and Larry Sanders recovering from injuries, set a career high with 14 points and pulled down four rebounds.
NOTES: Milwaukee coach Larry Drew used his 15th different starting lineup of the season but was forced to go without forward John Henson, who was sidelined after colliding with Cleveland's Anderson Varejao on Friday night. F Caron Butler returned to action after missing 12 games with a knee injury and G Gary Neal was available after missing the last two games with plantar fasciitis. ... The Sixers snapped a seven-game losing streak on Friday night but have not won consecutive games since winning three in a row to open the season. Milwaukee is only team in the league without consecutive victories this season. The Bucks' last back-to-back victories came last season when they beat Orlando on March 17 and Portland on March 19. ... Philadelphia has won the last two meetings and has scored at least 100 points in three of the last four games with the Bucks.

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