Lucas played just four seconds after intermission, and actually came in as a decoy second option with the Sixers ahead, 111-108.
"With (injured) Craig Hodges and Ricky Pierce out, I was short on three- point shooters," Bucks coach Del Harris said.
"But I sent Luke in to defuse their defense, because they had to guard him. They had to stretch out their defense, and we were looking for Sidney (Moncrief) as our first option for a 'three.' Really, we had another option for a 'three' after that, and then an option to take a quick two points, go for the steal or foul and try again."
But the sidecourt inbounds pass went from Jack Sikma to Moncrief, back to Sikma, then to Lucas in the right corner.
Lucas sent down a flat-trajectory one-hander.
"A situation like that, you think, 'I haven't been able to contribute, but if I hit this, I'll feel a part of things,' " Lucas said.
"I think they (the Sixers) thought I was in to handle the ball or be a decoy . . . I guess I surprised them. That's the best I've felt in a long time."
Lucas knows the trade deadline still is several days away (Feb. 25), but, so far, he's still with the Bucks.
"I was going to be gone, and I've gone from not playing at all to playing, and today not playing that much (12 minutes). My minutes have ranged from two or three to 32. But I try to get done whatever I'm able, and when something like this happens, it's real rewarding."
By the Time They Get to San Antonio: Cliff Robinson, who has missed the last 14 games with a back injury, was scheduled to work out today in Philadelphia. If the results are good, he will join the Sixers in time to practice tomorrow in San Antonio and possibly be available against the Spurs the following night. If not, he could join the team Thursday or Friday in Denver.
Even Computers Aren't Perfect Department: One dropped word in Saturday's edition confused the status of two former Sixers. What really happened is, the Savannah Spirits of the Continental Basketball Association have signed Vincent Askew and Kenny Green. The Spirits also have obtained former Sixers draft choice Brian Rahilly from Topeka. Ironically, recently fired Topeka coach John Killilea is now scouting on a part-time basis for the Sixers.