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Sixers set new Christmas Day team 3-pointers made record vs. Bucks

Josh Richardson, Furkan Korkmaz

The Philadelphia 76ers connected from long range all day in their huge Christmas Day win over the Milwaukee Bucks at home.

The Sixers finished the much-anticipated matchup shooting 21-of-44 from deep—a new franchise record for made 3-pointers in a single game. Additionally, Philly’s 21 triples was also an NBA Christmas Day game record, too, per the NBA.

Sixers veteran forward Tobias Harris hit the most 3-pointers on Wednesday, connecting on 5-of-7. Harris finished with 22 points in the lopsided win.

Both Josh Richardson and Furkan Korkmaz finished with four triples each, with the third-year shooting guard Korkmaz contributing 16 points off the bench. Every Philly starter scored in double digits, led by All-Star center Joel Embiid with 31 points. Embiid bullied reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo all night, harassing him down low and preventing the “Greek Freak” into getting a rhythm shooting from the field.

Antetokounmpo, 25, finished with 18 points on 27 shots, 14 rebounds, seven assists, and three turnovers. One-time All-Star forward Khris Middleton—Giannis’ teammate on Milwaukee, tied Embiid for a game-high 31 points.

The story all night was a surprising rout by the Sixers over the Bucks; both teams lost to the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 playoffs. Both teams have chips on their shoulders, and with the Raptors missing Kawhi Leonard, the Bucks and Sixers believe they should be the top contenders in the Eastern Conference.

Christmas Day was a huge confidence booster for Philly in their battle for supremacy in the east. That the Sixers made Antetokounmpo appear mortal is a statement in their home win.