NBA: Giannis’ offense has overtaken the Defense Lift Box Sixers

March 29, 2022;  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA;  Milwaukee boxing forward Giannis Anteokoumpo (34) is dribbling the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers in the third quarter at the Wells Fargo Center.

Milwaukee boxing forward Giannis Anteokoumpo (34) is dribbling the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers in the third quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. Compulsory Credit: Bill Stretcher – USA Today Sports

Giannis Antetokunampo had 40 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots to lift the Milwaukee box against the host Philadelphia 76ers 118-116 on Tuesday.

With 1.6 seconds left to hold on to the victory, Joel Embed’s shot was intercepted by AntetoCoumpo. The play was initially called goaltending, but the verdict was overturned after a video review.

Chris Middleton added 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and contributed 18 points and 10 assists for the Xui Holiday box (47-28). Brooke Lopez scored 17 points and Grayson Allen 10 points as Milwaukee cut the 14-point, third-quarter deficit to win for the third time in four games.

James Harden led Philadelphia with 32 points and nine assists, while MBD added 29 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. Tobias Harris chipped in 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers (46-29), who went down two in a row.

Philadelphia Harden took a 61-51 lead with a 16-point lead at halftime.

Antetokunampo led the box at 17 for 11 before the break.

After starting -8 for 1, Embid hit seven consecutive shots with a Nifty turnaround in the lane for a 76-64 lead in the middle of the third quarter.

Wesley Mathews soon dropped 3-pointers from the wing and the box closed at 78-69.

The Sixers, led by 10 men, jumped into the basket before Antetokunumpo and threw a one-handed dunk with 0.9 seconds to cut the deficit to 89-81 at the third end.

Danny Green was whistled in the 10:41 minute for a great foul against fourth-seeded Antetoacoumpo. Antetokunumpo dropped two free throws and followed the gap to the next position with a solid lay-up at 91-87.

When Middleton hit a tray with 9:01 left, Box went ahead 94-93 – the visitors’ first lead from the second quarter.

MBED scored in the remaining 6:26 minutes to tie the game at 102. He missed a free throw for a possible three-point game.

Holiday made a 3-pointer and Middleton then converted 2 of 3 free throws after being fouled in a 3-point effort, giving the box a 107-102 lead.

After reducing Harris’ tip-in deficit to 114-113, Holiday returns with a 3-pointer to a four-point box advantage with 1:20 left. MBED then responds with a tray with 49.8 seconds left.

With 13.2 seconds left before the decisive defensive play, Antetokunampo splits a pair on the line.

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