The Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks coordinated up on Wednesday night in an ideal time matchup between two top contenders in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers held a 19-point lead, yet the Bucks raged back and took the game in additional time 109-105.
There was a little chippiness in the additional time session as Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo made a major bucket in the additional session to give Milwaukee some space to breathe and he at that point sat down at midcourt. The passionate Philadelphia fans were troubled about that and they booed Antetokounmpo to voice their displeasure.
It didn’t simply trouble the fans either. The Sixers unmistakably paid heed and Dwight Howard needed Antetokounmpo and the Bucks realize that they saw it and they will be coming for them in the next matchup.
“Oh yeah, I wanted to go and Stone Cold Stunner him,” Howard said. “I already got one tech, it’s basketball. He wants to have fun, but we’ll see these guys again. We don’t want to make a big scene about what he did.”
The Sixers and the Bucks coordinate again on April 22 and April 24 over at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. Those are two games that will be circled on Howard’s calendar.
“We allowed them to get back in the game,” said Howard. “What he did, we can’t control that, but, he had a hell of a game. He made some tough shots at the end of the game, reigning MVP, and he had a great game. I’m not one to talk trash or say anything negative, but we’ll see them again and get different results.”
The Sixers, for the present, should focus on the Sacramento Kings on Saturday at home.