Bucks beat 76ers to secure top seed in East


Bledsoe caught the ball and then immediately whipped it back at Embiid.

While his block on Embiid early in the third quarter was arguably his most impressive play of the game, Antetokounmpo's fifth block of the night with the Bucks leading by two, was arguably his most important. Embiid and Scott made a beeline for Bledsoe, but were restrained by officials.

Unimpressed with Bledsoe's conduct, Scott opted to throw the ball at the Bucks guard himself, forcing referees to step in and defuse what looked to be developing into a brawl.

Embiid and Philadelphia's Mike Scott also received technicals.

Sure, they scored 36 points on 56.5% shooting in the fourth, (7-of-11 from three) but they didn't put up much resistance on the other end, letting the Bucks power their way through the paint on their way to 46 points in the period.

The Sixers' big man has been involved in a series of confrontations on the court this season, most recently when he was shoved to the floor by Marcus Smart two weeks ago.

"I think for the time that he hasn't played basketball, he had an incredible game", Brown said.

"It was a great atmosphere, it felt like playoff game", Embiid said. "Neither team wants to have somebody missing, whether it's injury or somebody getting thrown out".

As we always post in our app (iOS/Android), here are grades and breakdowns for each Sixers player's performance in the team's 128-122 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Embiid was happy and actually gloated about the fact that Bledsoe was ejected.

"[Bledsoe] will be smarter and better for it".

Monroe has career averages of 13.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

Minutes will be hard to come by in the playoffs as the rotations get shorter, but the Bucks know they have guys on the bench just waiting for their moment to shine.

Giannis usually avoids debates and discussions regarding who's the best player in the National Basketball Association, because he would simply rather let his game do the talking.

With Antetokounmpo the favorite to win the MVP race, history could repeat itself but he will hope this Bucks team can go one step further than the 1974 vintage.