Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo scores career-high 52 points, but Sixers clinch playoff spot with win
The performance of the night goes to Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored a career-high 52 points despite the loss. He’s the fourth player to score at least 50 points for the franchise in the 3-point era.
Most points by a Milwaukee Bucks player, three-point era
1. 2006 Michael Redd: 57
2. 2009 Brandon Jennings: 55
t-3. 2007 Michael Redd: 52
t-3 2019 Giannis Antetokounmpo: 52 vs. Sixers on Sunday (career-high) pic.twitter.com/z1cL5xJA3Y
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) March 17, 2019
Well, at least Giannis Antetokounmpo made sure that this night will be remembered by the Sixers.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 17, 2019
Still, the Sixers got the last laugh. Not only did they beat the Bucks, but they also clinched a playoff spot.
Final: #sixers clinch playoff spot with 130-125 win over Bucks, improving to 45-25 on the season. They've won 4 in a row and are 6-1 when they have all of Embiid, Simmons, Butler, Redick and Harris available. That was just Milwaukee's 6th home loss of the season, fewest in league
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) March 17, 2019
Joel Embiid led Philly with 40 points and 15 rebounds.
The Sixers have struggled to win a road game against some of the East’s best teams. Prior to Sunday’s victory, they haven’t scored a win against Milwaukee, Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics away from Philadelphia. What’s more impressive is that they beat a team with the best home record in the league.
Both teams are gearing up for the playoffs, and while the Bucks are seated comfortably at the top of the league standings, the Sixers are starting to gain momentum. Philly is loaded with talent, and when at full strength, they can definitely do some damage in the postseason.
Both teams could see each other in the second round of the playoffs.