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Bucks use strong first half to down Sixers

Feb 26, 2015 - 6:42 AM Milwaukee, WI ( - John Henson recorded 21 points with nine rebounds to lead a balanced effort in the Milwaukee Bucks' 104-88 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

Khris Middleton scored 19 points, Zaza Pachulia had 12 points and Ersan Ilyasova added 11 points for the Bucks, who snapped a two-game losing streak with their fifth straight win over the Sixers.

Michael Carter-Williams, acquired from Philadelphia at the trade deadline, made his Milwaukee debut and posted seven points with a team-high eight assists in the win.

"(My teammates) make it easy for me," Carter-Williams said. "My job is to just run the plays and find them, get in the lanes. It's fun. I'm having a great time."

Carter-Williams had a successful debut season with the Sixers, winning the 2013-14 Rookie of the Year Award.

"He's better than I was at 23," said Bucks coach Jason Kidd. "For someone to get traded, I have been in that same seat being traded midseason; I just told him before the game relax, have fun (and) play basketball."

Jason Richardson netted a season-high 16 points, while Robert Covington and Isaiah Canaan chipped in with 13 and 11 points, respectively, in the loss.

"We just gotta have some pride within ourselves," Richardson said.

Philadelphia has lost 11 straight on the road and five straight overall.

Carter-Williams looked to get a jolt playing against his former mates, scoring six points in the opening minutes and assisting on a pair of buckets, as the Bucks jumped out to a 14-3 lead. Milwaukee ended the quarter on a 7-0 spurt to increase the cushion to 29-12 entering the second.

Philadelphia went without a basket for over 3 1/2 minutes early in the second quarter and the Bucks took advantage. Jerryd Bayless converted a layup before canning a 3-pointer that was part of a 12-0 run during the Sixers' shooting drought.

Milwaukee, which turned 19 Philadelphia turnovers into 30 points during the first half, brought a 61-32 lead into the locker room at the break.

"It's extraordinary the amount of turnovers we had in the first half," Sixers coach Brett Brown said.

The Bucks took their foot off the gas in the second half and cruised to the win.

Game Notes

Milwaukee opens up a four-game road trip against the Lakers in Los Angeles on Friday ... The Bucks wrap-up their four-game season series with the Sixers in Philadelphia on April 13 ... Milwaukee is 8-1 in its last nine at home ... Philadelphia committed 28 turnovers that led to 37 points ... The Bucks had 24 turnovers ... Milwaukee shot 53.7 percent from the floor, while the Sixers made 41.3 percent of their shots.