Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Sixers' Dario Saric (mouth) probable to play Wednesday night

Sixers' Dario Saric (mouth) probable to play Wednesday night

With Philadelphia in the midst of a 15-game winning streak, Embiid does not feel a rush to return that he might have if they were struggling.

Fultz became the youngest player in National Basketball Association history with a triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. It's definitely a confidence builder and just keep trying to build up going into the playoffs.

Philadelphia is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs over their last five games. Houston Rockets James Harden already had that one locked up, becoming the first player to win back-to-back scoring titles since Kevin Durant won three straight between 2010-2012.

Philadelphia's first-round opponent will be the 44-38 Miami Heat.

The 76ers, who have won a franchise-record 15 in a row, can seal the No. 3 seed with a win over the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Embiid said it is "unlikely but still a chance" that he plays this weekend's Game 1 of the playoffs.

"I think everybody knows me, and everybody knows that I love playing", he said. "Hopefully it gets approved and I get to play in it".

"I very much look forward to bringing Joel back". The Sixers lead the Cleveland Cavaliers by one game heading into Wednesday's finale.

In Minneapolis, Jimmy Butler scored 31 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 14 rebounds and Minnesota ended the NBA's longest-running playoff drought.

"They are a physical team", Simmons said. "We believed in ourselves. Now that I know that the guys are going to go out and play and every time we step on the court be the favorite, they're kind of buying time for me to make sure I'm all the way, 100 percent", he continued. "It'll hit me, what happened".

In Miami, Wayne Ellington scored a career-high 32 points and set the Heat's single-season record for 3-pointers, helping Miami wrap up the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Bucks' loss dropped them to the seventh playoff slot in the East to face Aron Baynes' second-placed Boston Celtics. The over is 4-0 in the last four Bucks road games.

Fultz, who was selected by Philadelphia with the first pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, revealed how his team-mates celebrated his triple-double with him. The Bucks held the Magic to an offensive rebounding percentage of 10.2 (below their season average of 20.2). He earned his 16th rebound with about nine minutes left in the third quarter. His presence as a three-point shooter on the wing forces opposing defenders to shade his way, which opens up lanes for Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid to rack up impressive numbers as two of the primary focal points. Antetokounmpo leads in rebounds with 10.0 while Bledsoe tops in assists with 5.1 per game.

Westbrook entered the night needing 16 rebounds to clinch the triple-double average.

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