124-117. That was the final score of the Milwaukee Bucks’ win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night. One glance at that might have you thinking it was a close game between two of the Eastern Conference’s best. But it simply wasn’t. Giannis and co. dominated the Sixers for the opening three quarters, only letting off the gas in the fourth (‘losing’ it 30-16) as they took a big step toward a potential #1 seed. Giannis led the way with a big-time double-double, scoring 27 points while also grabbing 16 rebounds.
Khris Middleton also played very well, scoring 24 of his own while Jrue Holiday posted 12 points and 11 assists in the victory. Giannis’ strong showing also limited the ability of Joel Embiid to influence the contest. The Philly center still scored 24 points, but he only had three rebounds and three assists, greatly diminishing his impact. Shake Milton, perhaps, was their standout performer, as he came off the bench to drop 20 points in the defeat. Philly is now tied with Brooklyn atop the East’s standings as the Bucks are 2.5 back chasing the top seed.