Published On: Fri, Apr 5th, 2019

Bucks outlast Sixers to clinch East top seed

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Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks secure homecourt advantage throughout the NBA playoffs

Published 11:33 AM, April 05, 2019

Updated 11:36 AM, April 05, 2019

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Giannis Antetokounmpo drops sensational numbers to tow the Bucks to a crucial win over the Sixers. Photo from NBA Twitter

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Giannis Antetokounmpo drops sensational numbers to tow the Bucks to a crucial win over the Sixers. Photo from NBA Twitter

MANILA, Philippines – The Milwaukee Bucks put a lock on the No. 1 spot in the NBA Eastern Conference to secure homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs.

Behind another sensational show from Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks outlasted the Philadelphia 76ers, 128-122, in a gritty showdown between the East elite on Thursday, April 4 (Friday, April 5, Manila time).

MVP bet Antetokounmpo erupted for 45 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks as the Bucks secured the top seed with a 59-20 record.

The duel that went down to the wire seemed like an early playoff clash as Sixers star Joel Embiid also gave all that he could to finish with a triple-double of 34 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists on top of 3 blocks and 2 steals.

Milwaukee also got enough support from Khris Middleton, who scored 22, and George Hill, who had 20 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds.

Bucks starting guard Eric Bledsoe got ejected early in the 1st quarter after throwing the ball at Embiid that led to a skirmish.

The Sixers, who played minus Jimmy Butler (back tightness), kept the 3rd spot in the East with a 49-30 record.

JJ Redick tallied 29 points and Mike Scott shot 22 for the Sixers. Ben Simmons dished out 13 assists and had 6 points and 4 boards.

– Rappler.com

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