Jennings scores 33 as Bucks beat 76ers 105-96

Associated Press Modified: November 12, 2012 at 9:47 pm •  Published: November 12, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brandon Jennings bobbled the ball once, twice, then let it fly.

His shaky ballhandling was erased by the steady aim of his 3-point shot. Jennings hit the go-ahead 3 late in the fourth quarter and finished with 33 points, eight assists, and four steals to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-96 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

"It was actually a big shot for us because they had the momentum," Jennings said. "It just gave us back the momentum."

Monta Ellis scored 18 points and had seven assists, and Mike Dunleavy had 13 to help the Bucks improve to 3-0 on the road for the first time since they won their first four in 2001-02. Jennings and Ellis combined to make 20 of 41 shots with 10 rebounds and 15 assists. Mike Dunleavy scored 13 points and the Bucks shot around 60 percent most of the game.

After Jennings' 3 put the Bucks up 92-89, Dunleavy buried a 3 with 2:44 left to stretch Milwaukee's lead to 10. Led by Dorell Wright, the Sixers sizzled from 3-point range until the end, but they simply didn't have long-range makes left in them to make this one a game.

They also couldn't stop Jennings' drives to the basket off the pick and roll. He also hit four 3-pointers and was 5 of 5 from the free-throw line.

Jennings made a nice recovery on the winning 3 after nearly losing the ball and adding to Milwaukee's total of 23 turnovers.

"He kept his poise there and put it in," coach Scott Skiles said.

Jrue Holiday had 25 points and a whopping eight turnovers for the Sixers. Jason Richardson scored 20 points and Wright had 14. The Sixers made 10 of 24 3-pointers.

The Sixers were rolling coming off their first 3-0 road trip since 2003. But they received a dose of bad news earlier in the day when they learned center Andrew Bynum will miss at least five more weeks because of a bone bruise in his right knee and may not play in a game until early January. The Sixers said the new goal was for Bynum to resume "normal basketball activity" around Dec. 10. He would then need 1-4 weeks of conditioning and practice before he can play in his first game for the 76ers. He has yet to even practice with them this season.

Holiday was rewarded with a $41 million, four-year contract at the start of the season and might be feeling a dose of pressure trying to run the offense without his big man. He had his fourth straight game of at least seven turnovers, a big no-no if he wants to become an elite point guard.

"I think I'm trying to make something happen," Holiday said. "Sometimes you just have to be patient. I'm learning, I'm watching film every day and trying to learn from my mistakes."

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