76ers' Markelle Fultz becomes youngest player to tally triple-double
Apr 13 2018
Denver lost despite 35 points and 10 boards from Nikola Jokic.
3 seed, Philadelphia will take on the sixth-seeded Miami Heat.
This will be the Sixers' first playoff appearance since 2012 when, as the eighth seed, they defeated the Chicago Bulls in the first round before losing, four games to three, in the Eastern Conference semifinals to the Boston Celtics. It only got worse from there as the 76ers turned up the heat by hitting from beyond the arc and within the painted area to hold a 46-18 lead over the Bucks after one.
After missing 68 games this season, Philadelphia 76ers rookie Markelle Fultz finished strong by becoming the youngest player in league history to record a triple-double. Justin Anderson led the Sixers with 25 points and Dario Saric had 24. Donovan Mitchell had 17 points but missed 17 of his 23 shots as Utah had to settle for the fifth seed in the West.
- had 22 assists, eight steals, three blocks. And since rejoining the team on March 26, Fultz has been logging in 7.6 points, 4.6 assists, and 3.4 rebounds in just 17.7 minutes per game, according to statistics culled by the National Basketball Association.
LeBron James scored 10 points in just over 10 minutes before the Cavaliers absorbed a 110-98 loss to the Knicks.
Embiid said it is "unlikely but still a chance" that he plays this weekend's Game 1 of the playoffs. Cleveland has the fourth seed in the East and will open against Indiana.
The Philadelphia 76ers (51-3) are the hottest team in the National Basketball Association winning 15 games in a row.
The Sixers led by as many as 30 points in the opening period, the largest first-quarter lead in the National Basketball Association since the Los Angeles Clippers held a 31-point advantage over the Sixers en route to a 123-78 victory on February 9, 2014. Jabari Parker was high-man at the half for the Bucks with 16.
Ben Simmons had a quiet, easy night as his Philadelphia 76ers stormed into the National Basketball Association playoffs by claiming the Eastern Conference third seeding with a 130-95 demolition of Matthew Dellavedova's Milwaukee Bucks. Embiid suffered the injury March 28 in an on-court collision with teammate Markelle Fultz.
The biggest question mark for the Sixers is the health of their star center Joel Embiid. He took part in the warmup wearing a mask to protect a broken bone in his face.
The 76ers clash marked Dellavedova's return after the tough Australian guard had sat out the Bucks' previous 29 games with an ankle injury.