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Brett Brown credits his team for reaching 50-win milestone

Brett Brown

The Philadelphia 76ers are a 50-win team for the second year in a row, and Brett Brown heaps praise over their success.

“I know how difficult it is,” Brown told reporters following the team’s 116-96 win over the Chicago Bulls Saturday. “In the NBA, when you can have a team that can find 50 wins, it’s unique and difficult. I give (this) group credit. We’ve gone through a few iterations of what the team looks like. We all kind of understand the 50-win milestone goes away quickly when the playoffs begin. As it sits, to get back-to-back 50-win seasons is a great accomplishment for the guys in that locker room.”

Brown, 58, has gone 177-313 since becoming head coach in the 2013-14 campaign. Four of his first seasons were brimmed with losses, until the long-awaited rebuild finally took shape last year.

The Sixers finished the 2017-18 season on a 17-game win streak, and steamrolled into the postseason as a 3 seed. Not much has changed, besides the continuity and win column (by one game).

Philly has likely locked the 3 seed again, and will avoid the unwelcoming first round series against the Boston Celtics, who’ve mostly had their number since meeting each other last postseason – falling in all but one game.

Prior to playoff basketball in the coming weeks, look for Brown to rest some of his top players in their final matchup of the regular season against the Miami Heat on Tuesday.

Jimmy Butler has missed the previous two games due to body preservation for the team’s first round series on April 13.