Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers Play a Basketball Game in February: Anatomy of the Second Quarter


On a Monday night in February, the Milwaukee Bucks traveled to Philadelphia and played an NBA game against the hometown 76ers. The two teams have combined to win 25 games and lose 86 games this season.

Sixers GM Sam Hinckie, smartly and defiantly hit the shutdown button yet again on Thursday, trading Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen, and Spencer Hawes at the deadline. As a result, Philadelphia’s roster is now a ragtag assemblage of spare parts, mostly unknown and undrafted rookies, and Thaddeus Young, the lone survivor in Brett Brown’s locker room, who must feel like he’s living through an episode of “The Walking Dead.”

In the other locker room, the dozen Milwaukee Bucks sat silently salivating at the chance to throw down upon the beleaguered Sixers. Among those Bucks was O.J. Mayo. Now in the midst of his sixth season, Mayo’s NBA career started in Memphis. The Grizzlies had gone 22-60 in each of the two years leading up to Mayo’s rookie campaign. His Grizzlies went 24-58 under three coaches, starting with Marc Iavaroni, Johnny Davis, and eventually, Lionel Hollins. Mayo averaged 18.5 points per game as a rookie, setting high expectations despite 43.8 percent shooting from the field. A 6’4″ shooting guard, Mayo’s lack of first-step explosiveness, questionable decision-making, and even more questionable defense kept Memphis from re-signing him after his fourth season, one in which he’d become the Grizzlies’ instant-offense sixth man. Instead, Mayo signed a one-year deal with Dallas and shot the ball well enough (40.7 from deep) to land himself a 3-year, $24 million deal with Milwaukee. Despite his relative youth (age 26), Mayo has seen his share of hard NBA times, but nothing could have prepared him for this season.

Entering the year, the Bucks had vague hopes of making noise in the second-tier of what was supposed to be a solid Eastern Conference (operative phrase: supposed to be). Along with the arrival of Mayo, Larry Sanders’ defense and rookie Giannis Antetokuompo had Bucks fans enthused about the possibilities. One early November hand injury to Sanders later…and then one Ersan Ilyasova ankle situation…coupled with the loss of Carlos Delfino and Ekpe Udoh…suddenly the Bucks were playing with a half-deck. Milwaukee soon lost eleven straight games. In a few weeks, the playoff illusions were gone.

After a strong start to the year (25 for his first 47 from deep), Mayo’s ice-cold December (29.2% from distance) helped further establish the Bucks as potential lottery champions. Still, the man can light it up when he gets going. 

Mayo’s teammates for Milwaukee’s most satisfying quarter of the season (outscoring Philly 43-16 in the period) were three other legitimate NBA players: Ramon Sessions, John Henson, the aforementioned Antetokuompo, and one journeyman (undersized power forward Jeff Adrien).

Tonight was that kind of night. Those Bucks had the luxury of going against a Philly second unit consisting of:
  • Hollis Thompson (undrafted rookie out of Georgetown),
  • Elliot Williams (22nd overall pick in 2010 by Portland, achilles injury took him out for all of 2011-12),
  • Eric Maynor (knee injury has derailed his once promising career and was recently dismissed by the Wizards after playing 9 min/game and shooting 29%),
  • Henry Sims (undrafted center out of Georgetown who played in the D-League for most of last season, signed a 10-day contract with New Orleans in March, then played in the Philippines last summer, before heading back to the D-League this year, before Cleveland let him play in garbage time this year, before Cleveland traded him to Philly in the Spencer Hawes deal.
  • Byron Mullens (7-footer with a soft outside touch, but not much else, he was the 24th overall pick in 2009 by Dallas, who was given a chance to play for the lowly Bobcats for two seasons, which resulted in shooting percentages of 42.5 and 38.5 from the field and the unsightly 10.6 points per game on 10.6 shot attempts per game last season)

Two lay-ups, one dunk, and three three-pointers later, the Bucks had snuffed out any life from the sparsely populated crowd of Philadelphians. The 30-28 lead ballooned to 21 points (54-33) over the course of those fateful first five minutes of the 2nd Quarter. In an 82-game season, each team will play 328 quarters of basketball. The Milwaukee Bucks haven’t played many enjoyable ones. The Bucks have had their share of losing streaks. An eleven-gamer. A five-gamer. Then a nine-gamer. One win, and then another six-gamer. One win, and then another four-gamer. We’re talking some difficult times for Bucks aficionados. For one brief moment on a Monday in February, the Bucks got to see what a bright future might indeed look like. O.J. Mayo splashing that sweet jumper. Giannis snaring offensive rebounds with those long arms, a point guard in Ramon Sessions who can actually penetrate. John Henson doing his thing. A brief respite in a winter of discontent. Congratulations, Milwaukee. Make it last.

Coach Larry Drew’s post-game quotes:

“In our situation, it’s great to get a win any way we can get it. We’re not a 130-point team,” Drew said. “Tonight was a good night. I’ll take it.”

2nd Quarter Summary

TIME MILWAUKEE SCORE PHILADELPHIA
11:48 John Henson makes two point shot (O.J. Mayo assists) 32-28
11:33 Giannis Antetokounmpo shooting foul (Hollis Thompson draws the foul) 32-28
11:33 32-28 Hollis Thompson misses free throw 1 of 3
11:33 32-28 76ers offensive team rebound
11:33 32-28 Hollis Thompson misses free throw 2 of 3
11:33 32-28 76ers offensive team rebound
11:33 32-29 Hollis Thompson makes free throw 3 of 3
11:23 Byron Mullens blocks Jeff Adrien ‘s 1-foot layup 32-29
11:17 Giannis Antetokounmpo offensive rebound 32-29
11:15 Giannis Antetokounmpo makes dunk 34-29
11:12 34-29 Elliot Williams bad pass (Jeff Adrien steals)
11:08 Ramon Sessions makes 2-foot two point shot 36-29
11:07 76ers Full timeout
10:49 36-29 Eric Maynor misses 27-foot three point jumper
10:48 36-29 Henry Sims offensive rebound
10:40 36-29 Eric Maynor misses 7-foot jumper
10:38 John Henson defensive rebound 36-29
10:15 O.J. Mayo makes 28-foot three point jumper (John Henson assists) 39-29
9:52 39-29 Byron Mullens misses 10-foot jumper
9:51 Jeff Adrien defensive rebound 39-29
9:38 Giannis Antetokounmpo misses 17-foot jumper 39-29
9:36 Jeff Adrien offensive rebound 39-29
9:33 39-29 Elliot Williams shooting foul (John Henson draws the foul)
9:33 John Henson misses free throw 1 of 2 39-29
9:33 Bucks offensive team rebound 39-29
9:33 39-29 Tony Wroten enters the game for Elliot Williams
9:33 John Henson misses free throw 2 of 2 39-29
9:32 Giannis Antetokounmpo offensive rebound 39-29
9:30 O.J. Mayo makes 25-foot three point jumper (Giannis Antetokounmpo assists) 42-29
9:10 42-29 Thaddeus Young enters the game for Henry Sims
9:03 42-31 Byron Mullens makes 16-foot jumper (Hollis Thompson assists)
8:49 Giannis Antetokounmpo makes 25-foot three point jumper (John Henson assists) 45-31
8:40 45-31 Thaddeus Young misses three point jumper
8:37 45-31 Byron Mullens offensive rebound
8:32 45-33 Byron Mullens makes 15-foot jumper (Hollis Thompson assists)
8:18 Giannis Antetokounmpo misses three point jumper 45-33
8:15 John Henson offensive rebound 45-33
8:11 O.J. Mayo makes 25-foot three point jumper (Jeff Adrien assists) 48-33
8:03 48-33 Tony Wroten misses layup
8:00 John Henson defensive rebound 48-33
7:50 Ramon Sessions makes 1-foot two point shot 50-33
7:50 76ers 20 Sec. timeout
7:41 50-33 Eric Maynor traveling
7:26 O.J. Mayo misses 21-foot jumper 50-33
7:24 Jeff Adrien makes two point shot 52-33
7:24 Jeff Adrien offensive rebound 50-33
7:16 52-33 Byron Mullens misses 25-foot three point jumper
7:15 Giannis Antetokounmpo defensive rebound 52-33
7:05 John Henson misses jumper 52-33
7:03 Giannis Antetokounmpo makes two point shot 54-33
7:03 Giannis Antetokounmpo offensive rebound 52-33
6:46 54-33 Giannis Antetokounmpo blocks Thaddeus Young’s layup
6:43 Jeff Adrien defensive rebound 54-33
6:41 Jeff Adrien bad pass (Eric Maynor steals) 54-33
6:37 54-33 Byron Mullens out of bounds lost ball turnover
6:37 54-33 Arnett Moultrie enters the game for Byron Mullens
6:18 Hollis Thompson blocks Jeff Adrien’s jumper 54-33
6:16 54-33 Arnett Moultrie defensive rebound
6:11 54-35 Tony Wroten makes two point shot
6:11 O.J. Mayo shooting foul (Tony Wroten draws the foul) 54-35
6:11 54-36 Tony Wroten makes free throw 1 of 1
5:56 54-36 Thaddeus Young personal foul (Giannis Antetokounmpo draws the foul)
5:56 Official timeout
5:56 54-36 Michael Carter-Williams enters the game for Hollis Thompson
5:54 Giannis Antetokounmpo lost ball turnover (Tony Wroten steals) 54-36
5:50 54-36 Tony Wroten misses layup
5:46 54-36 Michael Carter-Williams offensive rebound
5:45 54-36 Giannis Antetokounmpo blocks Michael Carter-Williams’s layup
5:43 54-36 Arnett Moultrie offensive rebound
5:41 Giannis Antetokounmpo personal foul (Tony Wroten draws the foul) 54-36
5:41 Ersan Ilyasova enters the game for Jeff Adrien 54-36
5:41 Khris Middleton enters the game for Giannis Antetokounmpo 54-36
5:31 54-36 Tony Wroten misses layup
5:28 54-36 Thaddeus Young offensive rebound
5:26 54-36 Ersan Ilyasova blocks Thaddeus Young’s layup
5:24 54-36 76ers offensive team rebound
5:24 Brandon Knight enters the game for O.J. Mayo 54-36
5:07 54-36 Tony Wroten misses layup
5:05 Brandon Knight defensive rebound 54-36
5:01 Khris Middleton makes 23-foot three point jumper (Ramon Sessions assists) 57-36
4:39 57-38 Arnett Moultrie makes dunk (Eric Maynor assists)
4:20 57-38 Tony Wroten shooting foul (Khris Middleton draws the foul)
4:20 Khris Middleton makes free throw 1 of 2 58-38
4:20 58-38 James Anderson enters the game for Eric Maynor
4:20 Zaza Pachulia enters the game for John Henson 58-38
4:20 Khris Middleton makes free throw 2 of 2 59-38
4:20 Nate Wolters enters the game for Ramon Sessions 59-38
4:09 59-38 Michael Carter-Williams lost ball turnover (Nate Wolters steals)
4:01 Ersan Ilyasova makes layup (Nate Wolters assists) 61-38
3:47 Brandon Knight personal foul (Michael Carter-Williams draws the foul) 61-38
3:38 Khris Middleton shooting foul (Michael Carter-Williams draws the foul) 61-38
3:38 61-38 Michael Carter-Williams misses free throw 1 of 2
3:38 61-38 76ers offensive team rebound
3:38 61-39 Michael Carter-Williams makes free throw 2 of 2
3:26 Brandon Knight makes 4-foot two point shot 63-39
3:15 O.J. Mayo enters the game for Khris Middleton 63-39
3:13 63-39 Michael Carter-Williams misses 24-foot three point jumper
3:12 Zaza Pachulia defensive rebound 63-39
3:04 O.J. Mayo misses 23-foot jumper 63-39
3:02 63-39 Thaddeus Young defensive rebound
2:57 63-41 Thaddeus Young makes driving dunk
2:49 Bucks Full timeout
2:41 Nate Wolters makes two point shot (Zaza Pachulia assists) 65-41
2:24 65-41 James Anderson misses 26-foot three point jumper
2:20 Brandon Knight defensive rebound 65-41
2:16 Brandon Knight makes driving layup 67-41
2:06 67-41 James Anderson misses 3-foot jumper
2:04 Brandon Knight defensive rebound 67-41
2:01 Brandon Knight makes two point shot (O.J. Mayo assists) 69-41
1:45 69-43 Michael Carter-Williams makes driving layup
1:45 O.J. Mayo shooting foul (Michael Carter-Williams draws the foul) 69-43
1:45 69-44 Michael Carter-Williams makes free throw 1 of 1
1:27 Ersan Ilyasova misses 25-foot three point jumper 69-44
1:25 Bucks offensive team rebound 69-44
1:17 Nate Wolters makes driving layup 71-44
1:10 71-44 James Anderson misses 8-foot jumper
1:08 Zaza Pachulia defensive rebound 71-44
0:56 Michael Carter-Williams blocks Brandon Knight’s layup 71-44
0:54 Zaza Pachulia offensive rebound 71-44
0:51 Brandon Knight misses layup 71-44
0:48 Bucks offensive team rebound 71-44
0:48 Ramon Sessions enters the game for Brandon Knight 71-44
0:48 Jeff Adrien enters the game for O.J. Mayo 71-44
0:24 Ramon Sessions makes 19-foot two point shot 73-44
0:01 73-44 Thaddeus Young misses three point jumper
0:00 73-44 76ers offensive team rebound
0:00 End of the 2nd Quarter
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