James Harden Steals the Show As 76ers End Bucks’ 16 Game Winning Streak

James Harden Steals the Show As 76ers End Bucks’ 16 Game Winning Streak

Edwin Kiplagat
March 5, 2023 at 9:11 AM
  • The Philadelphia 76ers ended the Milwaukee Bucks' 16-game winning streak
  • They beat them 133-130 away from home, with both James Harden and Joel Embidd scoring 30+ points
  • Doc Rivers's team remains third in the east behind the Bosotn Celts and the Bucks

James Harden scored 38 points to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 133-130 to end their 16-game winning streak. MVP candidate Joel Embiid added 31 points.

The Bucks had not lost an NBA game since January 21 but failed to hold on to their double-digit lead. They allowed 48 points in the final frame.

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James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles the ball against Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks. Photo by Patrick McDermott.
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Despite being down by as many as 18 points, they rallied back through Harden and Embiid's pick-an-roll that the hosts couldn't cope with. The pick-and-roll actions by Embiid and Harden generated 32 points.

Both players dished out ten assists in the game, the first time two teammates had 30 points and ten assists in the same game since 1979. Harden was on fire in the fourth, scoring 19 points., the most he's scored since December 2020.

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Moreover, their 48 points in the fourth quarter is the most points the team scored in the final period since 1972, per CBS Sports.

Reactions to Sixers vs. 76ers

The Sixers remain third in the Eastern Conference behind the Bucls and the Boston Celtics. Harden felt the Bucks were better for most parts of the game, per ESPN.

"I feel like they had us that entire game and then that fourth quarter we came out with some pop."

Embiid said it was a great game to prepare them for the playoffs.

"It's good, having these type of games, especially with our schedule the rest of the way. It's good for us, prepares us for the playoffs."

Meanwhile, MVP candidate and Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 34 points and 13 rebounds. Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez both added 26 points.

The Sixers have tough games to close out the regular season. They will face the Cavaliers, Warriors, Suns, Nuggets, Mavericks, and Bucks.

Harden on Nets exit

Sports Brief earlier reported on Harden explaining why he left the Brooklyn Nets in 2022.

Harden joined forces with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the Nets in January 2021, forming a talented big three. Many NBA fans and pundits expected them to compete for the NBA title for several seasons.

He said there was a lot of dysfunction in the franchise and internal issues that forced him to make the decision to leave.

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