The Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks played perhaps the least anticipated game of the NBA season on Feb. 24. Since the Sixers and Bucks have the two worst records in the NBA, the only meaning this game had was towards the race for more draft lottery ping pong balls. The Bucks still have the league's worst record by a far margin, yet the Sixers did their very best to close the gap in a 130-110 defeat.
The Bucks only had 10 wins, and yet the Sixers made them look like the Miami Heat in one of their trademark disasters. Once again, one horrific quarters set up another blowout loss, as it came in the second this time. While Milwaukee led by 30-28 after one quarter, it led Philadelphia by 73-44 when halftime came.
The 43-16 advantage in the second made all the difference, as the Sixers had to outscore the Bucks by 10 in the fourth just to lose by 20. Getting blown out by playoff teams and mediocre clubs is one thing, since Philadelphia has mastered that in recent weeks. Being annihilated by a now 11-45 Bucks team -- the only one left that the Sixers are better than, at least in record only -- is the latest definition of rock bottom.
At 15-42, Philadelphia is getting closer and closer to that all important worst record in the NBA. Of course, given the Sixers' luck, they could finish in the league basement and still finish outside the top three or five in the draft lottery. By that measure, maybe they would have a better chance finishing with the second or third worst mark, but they don't even seem capable of getting that much right.
The Bucks have gotten less right all season, yet perhaps that put them overdue for a gift like this. Thanks to a 57 percent shooting mark from the floor, 12 three pointers -- with seven from O.J. Mayo alone -- and seven players in double figures, Milwaukee had to feel a rare sense of superiority.
Everyone is superior to Philadelphia these days, no matter what their record is. That can happen with 11 straight defeats, countless blowouts and a roster that has no one besides Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams to brag about. But if the Bucks can blow the Sixers away, they have even less right to brag about anything.