News ID: 240955
Published: 0202 GMT April 05, 2019

Bucks clinch top seed in East NBA with win over 76ers

Bucks clinch top seed in East NBA with win over 76ers
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (C) dunks the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers during an NBA game at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA, the US, on April 4, 2019.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo out-dueled fellow MVP candidate Joel Embiid, finishing with 45 points and 13 rebounds and leading Milwaukee to a 128-122 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night as the Bucks clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Khris Middleton added 22 points and George Hill had 20 for the Bucks, who locked up home-court advantage with three regular-season games remaining, The Associated Press reported.

Embiid returned from a three-game absence and had 34 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists and three blocks.

JJ Redick scored 29 points and Mike Scott, starting for injured Jimmy Butler, had 22 points for the 76ers, who are two games in front of Boston in the race for the No. 3 seed in the East with three games left.

The 76ers led by seven points in the fourth quarter when Embiid's three-pointer with 8:14 left made it 102-95. But the Bucks, behind the offense and defense of Antetokounmpo, whittled away at the deficit. The Bucks tied the game at 119 on a layup by Hill with 1:24 left.

After Redick missed a triple, Hill scored again from close range off an assist from Antetokounmpo to give Milwaukee a 121-119 lead with 1:02 left. Antetokounmpo blocked Embiid's attempt on Philadelphia's ensuing possession and then assisted Sterling Brown's layup that gave the Bucks a 123-119 lead with 40.1 seconds left. That was enough to carry Milwaukee to the win.

Philadelphia played without Butler, who missed for the second time in three games due to back tightness.

 

 

   
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