The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid grabbed a loose ball and hustled toward midcourt, feigning like he would dunk.
Embiid’s gold sneakers and peach-colored jacket were a giveaway that he was again in street clothes. With or without Embiid, the 76ers are streaking into the postseason as the hottest team in the NBA.
Embiid and JJ Redick watched from the bench, Ben Simmons had a scoreless first half and the Philadelphia 76ers still won their 16th consecutive game, thumping the Milwaukee Bucks 130-95 Wednesday night to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The 52-win Sixers will open the Eastern Conference playoffs against the sixth-seeded Miami Heat. No. 7 Milwaukee will meet No. 2 Boston.
Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 pick of the 2017 draft who missed 68 games with a shoulder injury, became the youngest player in NBA history (19 years, 317 days) with a triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.
Westbrook makes more history
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook clinched a triple-double average for the second straight season, Paul George scored 40 points and the Oklahoma Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 137-123.
Westbrook entered the night needing 16 rebounds to clinch the triple-double average. He pulled down his 16th rebound with just over 9 minutes left in the third quarter and received a standing ovation. He finished with just six points, but had a career-high 20 rebounds and 19 assists.
Steven Adams had 24 points for the Thunder, who matched a club record with 20 3-pointers.