The Philadelphia 76ers have just pulled off a win in a close one against the Bucks, 95-94. This win improved their record to 16-23 and their home record to 11-7.
The Sixers controlled the first half, but coming out of the locker rooms after halftime, the Bucks looked like they had something to prove.
They outscored the Sixers in the second half, but the Sixers managed to hold on to a win.
A major factor that helped the 76ers pull off this vital win was Lou Williams.
What at first seemed like another blown victory, Williams bounced back and came up clutch for Philly. With 43 seconds left in the game, Williams hit a 26' three-point jumper to give the Sixers a one-point lead, 95-94.
With three seconds left, Earl Boykins of the Bucks threw up a desperation shot from three-point range, but failed it to go in the hoop.
The Sixers won, 95-94.
Sweet Lou was the Sixers' highest scorer with 25 in just 29 minutes of play. Not only is Williams scoring a lot, but he is scoring efficiently.
In 10 of his last 11 games played, Williams has scored double digits.
Williams has proved numerous times this season he can be a prolific scorer and a reliable bench option for Doug Collins.
Game by game, Williams is doing better and better. But his recent performance may bring up some controversy.
Does he deserve more playing time?
It seems to me that he wants an increase in playing time and he feels as if he can help the franchise make a playoff run.
Williams has been playing great lately, but I feel like Collins may question whether he can keep up his performance as a starter.
We'll definitely notice a response to this question once Collins makes his decision.
Other notable performers for the Sixers in this game include Andre Iguodala who scored 15, had six rebounds and seven assists; Elton Brand who scored 15 as well, along with five rebounds and four assists; and Jrue Holiday put up another solid performance with 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.
The Sixers are starting to win games. But even more importantly, they are doing it as a team.
In every win the stats are spread out, with a different person showing up big each time.
This win has bumped the Sixers into a playoff spot and one game behind the seventh-seeded, Indiana Pacers. The 76ers keep fighting and they don't seem to be stopping, nor slowing down.
Can the Sixers make a run for playoffs?
Well, at the rate they are at now, I certainly think they will.