Trailing by as many as 14 points in the first half, Richardson, Young and Wright got to work to rally Philadelphia in the third. The Sixers went on a 16-3 run to pull within three. Young and Richardson hit consecutive 3s to make it a two-point game and Holiday sank a pull-up jumper to close the quarter and tie the game at 83.
Richardson missed the last four games with a sprained left ankle. No rust here. Richardson scored 10 points in the first, including a highlight-reel worth 360 dunk off a fastbreak to send the crowd into a frenzy. His scoring boost wasn't enough early.
"I think we hadn't focused like we had the past three games," Richardson said. "I think we kind of felt like it was going to be an easy win, like they were going to lie down."
Nope. Keyed by six straight points from Jennings, the Bucks snapped a tie game with a 14-0 run in the second quarter. The Bucks were only shooting 45 percent from the floor over the first five games, but blew that number away in the first half, shooting 64 percent (23 of 36) to lead 62-50 at the break.
Jennings' 19 points by halftime were well above his season average of 13.8 a game.
"In the first half, he was just spreading the ball around nicely and getting the guys involved," Skiles said. "When it came time for him to score some points, he did that as well."
NOTES: Jennings leads the NBA with 3.4 steals a game. He's had seven straight multiple-steal games. ... The Sixers play seven of their next eight games at home. ... The Sixers scored only 13 points in the fourth quarter. ... The Bucks went 16 of 18 from the FT line while the Sixers were 12 of 16. ... The Bucks outscored the Sixers 42-24 in the paint. ... Larry Sanders had nine rebounds to give the Bucks a 48-31 edge on the boards.
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