The Rundown: Bucks overcome Maxey’s 31, beat Sixers

Published November 10, 2021, 2:30 PMJon Carlos Rodriguez

It was a light three-game slate in the NBA on Wednesday as the Bucks, Jazz, and Clippers all scored wins.


Bucks 118, Sixers 109

Jazz 110, Hawks 98

Clippers 117, Trail Blazers 109

What went down

It was light work for the NBA, with only three games on the schedule.

Just don’t tell that to Tyrese Maxey. With The Philadelphia 76ers missing Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Matisse Thybulle, Maxey went to work on the Milwaukee Bucks. He scored 31 points on 50 percent shooting.

The Sixers kept it close until the fourth quarter, but Giannis Antetokounmpo (31 points and 16 rebounds) was just too strong and Grayson Allen (25 points) was just too smooth. Bobby Portis added muscle for the Bucks with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The Utah Jazz, meanwhile, made easy work of the Atlanta Hawks, which missed De‘Andre Hunter and Bogdan Bogdanovic. Donovan Mitchell carved up the Hawks’ D and led the Jazz with 27 points.

Trae Young and Kevin Huerter’s combined 55 points weren’t enough for the Hawks, who now have suffered five straight losses.

In LA, the Los Angeles Clippers held off a surging Portland Trail Blazers, a team that just came off back-to-back wins. The Clippers relied on a balanced attack that saw three players—Paul George, Nicolas Batum, and Reggie Jackson—scoring 22 points or more.

It’s not looking good for the Blazers as they draw the five-game win streaking Phoenix Suns next.

Big-time baller

When the Philadelphia 76ers field a depleted lineup, expect Tyrese Maxey to go off. That’s just the rules.

The Sixers fielded a starting lineup of Maxey, Shake Milton, Furkan Korkmaz, Paul Reed, and Andre Drummond against the defending champs Milwaukee Bucks. Maxey took this as another chance to put on a show.

He went off for 17 points in the first quarter alone, ending with a season-high 31 points. It still wasn’t enough to beat the Bucks, though, who had their own roster problems missing Khris Middleton.

Maxey’s performance, for what it’s worth, is another evidence in the case of stepping up when needed. Maxey and the Sixers gave the defending champs a tough time on the second night of a back-to-back. That’s something.

What he said

We’ll be talking about the Nikola Jokic-Markieff Morris incident for a while. Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal, who figured in a few scuffles in their day, weighed in: 

Did you see that?

In case you missed it, Anfernee Simons has been carrying the scoring for the Portland Trail Blazers’ bench.

Here he is getting mad at the rim: