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Rapid Recap: Bucks 128, 76ers 122


NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Can you smell that? It’s the Milwaukee Bucks clinching home court throughout the 2019 NBA Playoffs. No big deal. A 6-point comeback win over the 76ers on the road made clinching it a bit sweeter.

The Bucks were led by a monster performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo who dropped 45 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and five blocked shots. It was quite the MVP performance. Khris Middleton returned from a brief absence and scored 22 points in 25 minutes.

They were a bit shorthanded due to the questionable ejection of point guard Eric Bledsoe early in the first quarter, but still prevailed.

...OK then.

For the Sixers, without Jimmy Butler, JJ Redick and Mike Scott stole the show. Redick made 10-of-14 shots tonight for 29 points. Scott added 22 points of his own while making six threes. Joel Embiid also had 34 points, 13 rebounds, and 13 assists, shaking off obvious knee soreness to push his team forward.

Stat That Stood Out: 18 made threes for Philly

The Philadelphia 76ers were unconscious from deep, much like their last victory against Milwaukee at the Fiserv Forum. Whether they were heavily guarded, or uncontested, Philadelphia made the Bucks pay. It’s even more impressive that the Bucks came out with a win, and they only made 12 three-pointers.