Ersan İlyasova leads Milwaukee past 76ers
MILWAUKEE - The Associated Press
Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan İlyasova drives against Philadelphia 76ers’ Thaddeus Young during the second half of an NBA game in Milwaukee. AP PhotoTurkish forward Ersan İlyasova had 27 points and 16 rebounds, Brandon Jennings scored 25 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 110-102 Jan. 22.
Monta Ellis added 18 points and 10 assists for Milwaukee, which has won six of eight games since Jim Boylan replaced former coach Scott Skiles, who parted ways with the team following a season-worst four-game losing streak.
Evan Turner scored 23 points to lead the 76ers, Spencer Hawes added 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Nick Young scored had 20 points. Philadelphia lost its fifth straight on the road, and 15th in its last 21 overall.
In Los Angeles, the Oklahoma City Thunder stamped itself as the team to beat this season by winning 109-97 at their nearest NBA rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers.
Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook added 26 for the Thunder, who improved to a league-leading 33-9 and expanded their lead in the Western Conference to 1-1/2 games over the Clippers.
Los Angeles was without All-Star Chris Paul and even Blake Griffin’s 31 points and 11 rebounds were not enough for the hosts.
The Clippers had won four straight at home against the Thunder, and they led much of the first quarter before giving up the lead for good early in the second.
Elsewhere, the Detroit Pistons won 105-90 over the Orlando Magic, thanks chiefly to the trio of Jason Maxiell, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, who combined for 38 points and 28 rebounds.
The Pistons also finished with a 16-6 edge in offensive rebounds against the Magic, who had their size issues magnified when Glen Davis was benched for much of the second half after taking 15 first-half shots and grabbing just three rebounds.
J.J. Redick was Orlando’s biggest threat, scoring 26 points on 9-for-10 shooting - including 5 for 6 on 3-pointers.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were 95-90 winners over the Boston Celtics, with Kyrie Irving scoring 15 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter, including several key late baskets.
Irving scored 11 points in the final 2:33 on four layups and three free throws as the Cavaliers sent Boston to its season-worst fourth straight loss. Irving shot 16 for 24 - setting a career high for field goals made - and fell one point short of his career-best scoring total.
Tristan Thompson added 21 points for the Cavaliers while Rajon Rondo led Boston with 17 points.