Milwaukee Bucks defeat Philadelphia 76ers, 95-90

Philadelphia — Carlos Delfino said he felt more energetic than he has in a long time.

And the Milwaukee Bucks fed off the forward's hustling play to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers, 95-90, and secure an important victory in the Eastern Conference playoff race Friday night.

The Bucks' fourth straight victory, combined with Miami's 106-99 loss at home to Detroit, pushed Milwaukee (45-34) one game ahead of the Heat (44-35) in the battle for the fifth-seeded position.

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PLAYER OF THE GAME: Bucks forward Carlos Delfino set the tone with 13 points in the first quarter on 5-of-7 shooting, including 3 of 3 from beyond the three-point arc. He finished with 23 points, five assists, three steals and three rebounds in 39 minutes.

PLAY OF THE GAME: The Bucks' biggest lead of the night was 58-45, and it came as a result of a four-point play. Center Kurt Thomas stripped 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday of the ball, and Brandon Jennings led a fast...