MILWAUKEE Brandon Jennings is trying to take over close games in the fourth quarter. Jennings was very successful doing that Tuesday night as he scored nine of his 25 points in the final period to lead the Bucks to a 110-102 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. He also added three assists in the quarter.
Jennings said he wants to be the key player late in games and has been focused on it in recent weeks.
"It is something that I've been working on, especially during the (recent) road trip, just trying to take over games," he said. "I'm just trying to get the best possible shot for the team. That's just me growing and learning."
Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) also came up big again for Milwaukee as he had 27 points and 16 rebounds.
Milwaukee Bucks' Larry Sanders (8) dunks in front of Philadelphia 76ers' Evan Turner, left, and Spencer Hawes (00) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Milwaukee. ( (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps))He also had 27 points and 14 rebounds in Milwaukee's 110-104 win Saturday over Portland. "Ersan gots his groove back," said Monta Ellis, who added 18 points and 10 assists for Milwaukee. "He really has been playing well for the last few games and has given us a big boost."
Bucks coach Jim Boylan credited Ersan Ilyasova for being a very active player.
"He has that knack for tipping the ball to himself rebounding and coming up with the basket," he said. "When you look at Ersan, you don't really see a great athlete, but rebounding is just determination. When he's determined to get the ball, he's bound to get it."
Milwaukee has won six of eight games since Boylan replaced former coach Scott Skiles, who parted ways with the team following a season-worst four-game losing streak. Jennings said the team has had a lot of success under Boylan because he is letting them "just play."
"Everything is going well right now," Jennings said. "We are playing with lots of confidence. This was a big win for us as in the past when we win a few games, we end up losing to a team we should not lose to."
Evan Turner scored 23 points to lead the 76ers, Spencer Hawes added 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Nick Young
Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings (3) drives against Philadelphia 76ers' Jrue Holiday (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Milwaukee. ( (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps))scored 20 points. Philadelphia lost its fifth straight on the road, and 15th in its last 21 overall. Young said the 76ers have to figure out a way to win close games.
"Somehow we have to figure it out, come together and stay together as a team," he said. "We know what the problem is. We've been in every game so far and fought back. If we can come out of the gate and get a couple shots to go in, get our blood going a little bit, it'll be a different ball game."
Philadelphia hit just 2 of its first 16 shots, a point not lost on coach Doug Collins.
"First quarter again. We were down 10 so you play uphill the entire game again," he said. "You've got to share the ball, you got to help each other out and you've got to
Philadelphia 76ers' Jrue Holiday (11) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks' Larry Sanders (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Milwaukee. ( (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps))talk on defense. We're not good enough to do it ourselves. We've got to do it collectively." The Sixers used a 17-7 run to start the fourth quarter, cutting the Bucks' lead to 90-86 when Thaddeus Young stole the ball and scored on a breakaway layup with 6:47 remaining.
Ersan Ilyasova made 1 of 2 free throws to extend Milwaukee's lead to 99-92 with 3:56 left. He then hit a jumper with about 2 1/2 minutes to go, stretching the advantage to nine points.
Hawes hit a baseline jumper to trim the lead to 101-94 with 1:39 remaining, but Milwaukee made 4 of 6 free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
Larry Sanders had two blocked shots, giving him at least one in his last 27 games, the second longest streak in the NBA behind Tim Duncan, who has blocked a shot in 29 straight.
NOTES: 76ers guard Royal Ivey made the start in place of Dorell Wright as Collins wanted more speed in his starting lineup to defend Jennings. ... Bucks F Marquis Daniels was sick and inactive for the game. Rookie guard Doron Lamb, who was recalled Monday from the NBA Development League, suffered a sprained ankle and was also inactive. ... 76ers guard Jason Richardson did not travel with the team due to left knee synovitis. Courtesy of: The Associated Press
Akhisar Bld - Usak 51-66 (0-2)
The game without a history. Usak led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and swingman Ozcan Surucu (200-83) supported him with 13 points [read more]
The game without a history. Usak led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and swingman Ozcan Surucu (200-83) supported him with 13 points. Usak's coach Ozan Bulkaz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds by American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) did not help to save the game for Akhisar Bld. His fellow American import forward Darrius Morrow (203-90, college: E.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 6 points and 14 rebounds for the hosts. Top scorers: Akhisar Bld: T.Nelson 19+13reb+1ast, S.Yavuz 13+3reb+1ast, G.Esmer 6+2reb, D.Morrow 6+14reb+1ast, L.Demirci 3+2reb, C.Terzioglu 2+4reb+1ast Usak: J.Carter 14+10reb+6ast, O.Surucu 13+3reb+2ast, E.Buckner 11+4reb, S.Kavut 8+4reb+1ast, M.Emre Boztepe 6+4reb+1ast, M.Erol 5+4reb
The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 33-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Khalid El-Amin (178-79, college: Connecticut) scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Gokhan Orcun Tunca (201-80) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Trabzonspor's coach Hasan Ozmeric used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Alex Gordon (184-85, college: Vanderbilt) responded with 17 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and his fellow American import center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Top scorers: Yesilgiresun: A.Gordon 17+4reb+3ast, J.Ofoegbu 16+8reb, U.Turkoglu 9+2reb, M.Sevda 9+4reb+1ast, G.Gen 5+3reb+1ast, A.Ozdemir 3+1reb+1ast Trabzonspor: K.El-Amin 16+9reb+4ast, G.Orcun Tunca 14+4reb, K.Pinkney 10+7reb, A.Onder Kulcebas 9+5reb+1ast, Y.Akcay 5+1reb+4ast, A.Guney 4+3reb
TBL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals: Besiktas and Fenerbahce are out! - May 21, 2013
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Karsiyaka - Fener.Ulker 81-78 (2-0)
The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Karsiyaka outrebounded Fenerbahce Ulker 39-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Fenerbahce Ulker helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Nigerian center Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds [read more]
The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Karsiyaka outrebounded Fenerbahce Ulker 39-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Fenerbahce Ulker helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Nigerian center Alade Aminu (210-87, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international center Oguz Savas (212-87) produced 22 points and the former international guard Omer Onan (194-78) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Fenerbahce Ulker players scored in double figures. Fenerbahce Ulker's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Fener.Ulker: O.Savas 22+4reb+1ast, B.McCalebb 14+1reb+2ast, O.Onan 13+6reb+3ast, B.Bogdanovic 11+3reb+2ast, I.Karaman 7+3reb, E.Preldzic 5+5reb+8ast Karsiyaka: A.Aminu 23+9reb+1ast, B.Dixon 15+5reb+7ast, U.Sonkol 12+8reb+3ast, E.Buker 8+1reb+4ast, W.Thomas 7+9reb+2ast, J.Diebler 6+2reb
The game was mostly controlled by Galatasaray. Tofas was better in third quarter 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tofas to just 4 points in fourth quarter. Galatasaray had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. American swingman Jamont Gordon (193-87, college: Mississippi St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. Naturalized American power forward Ersin Dagli (203-81, college: Alabama, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Can Altintig (195-87) added 11 points in the effort for Tofas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Tofas: C.Elonu 11+11reb+1ast, C.Altintig 11+4reb+3ast, J.Heytvelt 9+2reb, I.Koc 7+3reb+1ast, I.Yildirim 4+1reb, T.Ruzic 4+2reb Galatasaray: J.Gordon 21+3reb+2ast, M.Macvan 11+5reb, E.Dagli 10+6reb+1ast, C.Akyol 10+1ast, M.Markoishvili 9+1reb+1ast, E.Arslan 9+1ast
The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 29-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Banvit BK made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game, while Besiktas only scored six points from the stripe. American-Azerbaijani center Charles Davis (205-84, college: Alabama) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Dominican-American guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Four Banvit BK players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Cevher Ozer (206-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Muratcan Guler (192-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Besiktas: C.Ozer 20+7reb+1ast, M.Guler 14+6reb+4ast, S.Cetin 14+1ast, P.Christopher 10+1reb+1ast, G.Vidmar 7+8reb+1ast, D.Markota 4+2reb+1ast Banvit BK: C.Davis 23+7reb, S.Erdogan 16+2ast, S.Mejia 13+3reb+3ast, K.Lucas 11+2reb+6ast, S.Edge 5+2reb+1ast, K.Simmons 5
The game was mostly controlled by Anadolu Efes. TED Kolejliler was better in third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Anadolu Efes shot 63.3 percent from the field. Anadolu Efes had a 29-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. Serbian Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket) notched 22 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) to lead the effort and American swingman Joshua Shipp (196-86, college: UCLA) supported him with 17 points and 7 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Anadolu Efes' coach Oktay Mahmudi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 11 points and 11 assists by American point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for TED Kolejliler. Forward Nedim Yucel (203-79) added 10 points and 13 rebounds for the hosts. Four Anadolu Efes and five TED Kolejliler players scored in double figures. Top scorers: TED Kolejliler: V.Plisnic 16+5reb+1ast, K.Penney 16+3reb+1ast, J.Stanojevic 14+1reb+2ast, B.Woodside 11+1reb+11ast, N.Yucel 10+13reb, A.Kavaklioglu 5+1reb+2ast Anadolu Efes: D.Savanovic 22+8reb+3ast, K.Tunceri 19+2ast, J.Shipp 17+4reb+7ast, S.Guler 14+2reb+1ast, S.Erden 8+7reb+2ast, E.Kuqo 8+3reb+3ast
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Akhisar Bld won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Usak dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Akhisar Bld's 40. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Akhisar Bld was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) nailed 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Eric Buckner (208-90, college: Georgia St., agency: David Lee services) accounted for 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Usak's coach Ozan Bulkaz allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and forward Emre Ozpulat (200-82) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Akhisar Bld in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Usak: J.Carter 23+8reb+2ast, E.Buckner 21+10reb+1ast, O.Surucu 12+6reb+3ast, S.Kavut 11+2reb+2ast, E.Yetim 7+6reb+3ast, S.Akyol 5+1ast Akhisar Bld: C.Terzioglu 17+1ast, E.Ozpulat 16+6reb+3ast, T.Nelson 16+11reb+3ast, S.Yavuz 13+4reb+3ast, G.Esmer 8+4reb, D.Morrow 5+7reb
25 personal fouls committed by Trabzonspor helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Alex Gordon (184-85, college: Vanderbilt) stepped up and scored 41 points (!!!) and 6 assists for the winners and forward Ismail Cevik (206-81) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Adnan Onder Kulcebas (207-81, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Trabzonspor's coach Hasan Ozmeric tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Top scorers: Yesilgiresun: A.Gordon 41+3reb+6ast, I.Cevik 11+9reb, J.Ofoegbu 7+4reb, M.Sevda 7+3reb+1ast, U.Turkoglu 5+4reb, G.Gen 3+1reb+1ast Trabzonspor: K.Pinkney 26+9reb, A.Onder Kulcebas 15+7reb+1ast, K.El-Amin 10+2reb+5ast, G.Orcun Tunca 7+9reb+2ast, E.Turetken 4+1reb, Y.Akcay 4+1reb+5ast
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