Bucks clinch playoff berth with 90-82 win over 76ers

The league announced times and dates for the opening games and Milwaukee will meet Toronto at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Air Canada Centre, with the game televised on ESPN.

Some rocky play down the stretch sealed the fate of the Charlotte Hornets again as they fell to the Bucks, 89-79, on Tuesday, April 11 in Milwaukee.

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Washington beat Atlanta three out of four times in the season series this year and should be the favorite in the playoffs. "We've grown a lot this season. For us to come back from where we were to be able to solidify a playoff position, it's huge for this organization and going forward", Terry said.

Middleton returned the favor a few minutes later, lobbying to Antetokounmpo for a dunk that let Milwaukee stretch the lead to five with 5:55 left.

Superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo had another big game with 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. "That group shoots together and it looks like they were at practice shooting together today".

Hornets guard Kemba Walker, who averages a team-high 23.2 points, will miss the game with a hyperextended left knee.

"We got really disorganized there with our second unit in the fourth".

During the Raptors' semi-final run against the Miami Heat a year ago, spending at downtown bars during home games climbed 55 per cent, while spending at bars and pubs near the Air Canada Centre surged 64 per cent, Moneris said.

At halftime, the Bucks sported a 72-50 lead and even though Charlotte made a valiant effort in the second half outscoring the Bucks 58-46, the deficit was just too much to overcome. The Sixers really couldn't hang, but, as Brett Brown would say, "We give 'em cwedit". "To have a chance, you have to be organized on every possession".

By virtue of the Bucks holding the tiebreaker over the Indiana Pacers, Jason Kidd's team locks up the sixth spot. The rise of Australian Center Thon Maker will also make matters worse for Toronto, if Maker can get some valuable playing time. Saric is second among rookies in scoring (12.8) and third in rebounding, while Brogdon is third among rookies in scoring (10.3) and first in assists (4.3). Brogdon had missed Milwaukee's last five games with back soreness while Henson had been sidelined for 10 games with a sprained left thumb. It also was the start of the Bucks getting back into a good rhythm after back-sliding with three straight losses prior to Saturday's win over the Sixers.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Isaiah Thomas scored 32 points, and Boston completed a four-game season sweep over Charlotte, knocking the Hornets out of playoff contention.

Bucks: Travel to Boston to end the regular season against the Celtics.

Greg Monroe added 17 points off the bench for Milwaukee, which limited Philadelphia to 35.1 percent shooting, including 25.8 percent 3-point accuracy.

Charlotte shot just 5 of 20 from the floor in the fourth quarter, when the Bucks were only starting to take off. Milwaukee was 6 of 8 from 3-point range in the fourth.

  • Julie Sanders