Joel Embiid scores 40 points as Philadelphia 76ers beat Milwaukee Bucks, despite 52 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo

Joel Embiid scored 40 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers held off the Milwaukee Bucks, despite 52 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Game leaders

Philadelphia 76ers

Points: Joel Embiid - 40 Assists: Ben Simmons - 9 Rebounds: Joel Embiid - 15

Milwaukee Bucks

Points: Giannis Antetokounmpo - 52 Assists: Giannis Antetokounmpo - 7 Rebounds: Giannis Antetokounmpo - 16

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It was Embiid's 52nd double-double and the 25th time he has scored at least 30 points and swept 10 rebounds in a game. He scored 18 points alone in the fourth quarter.

Jimmy Butler had 27 and JJ Redick 19 for the Sixers, who won their fourth in a row and officially clinched a playoff spot.

Image: Joel Embiid launches a three-pointer over Giannis Antetokounmpo Giannis Antetokounmpo was terrific for the Bucks with a career-high 52 points to go along with 16 rebounds and seven assists. Khris Middleton added 19 points.

The Bucks played without guard Malcolm Brogdon, who will be sidelined for at least six weeks with a plantar fascia tear in right foot.

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The Sixers built a 62-53 lead at half-time thanks in large part to Embiid's double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Antetokounmpo paced the Bucks with 17 points and seven rebounds. Middleton struggled offensively and missed eight of his 10 shots.

Antetokounmpo drove to the basket, nudged Boban Marjanovic out of the way and threw down a nasty dunk to get the Bucks within 81-74 with 5:04 left in the third quarter.

Antetokounmpo appeared to tweak his ankle with 1:40 remaining in the third but remained in the game to shoot the two free throws as the fans chanted "MVP!"

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The Sixers still led 89-82 after three quarters.

Philadelphia came out aggressive in the fourth and extended their advantage to 98-86 with 9:34 left when Mike Scott drained a three-pointer.

After Antetokounmpo reached the basket, got fouled and made one of two shots, the Bucks trailed 107-99 with 4:49 to go.

Butler responded in a big way with a three-pointer to put the Sixers back ahead by 11.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 52 points but the Philadelphia 76ers, thanks to 40 from Joel Embid, defeated the Milwaukee Bucks

Butler knocked down two more shots to stay hot and the Philadelphia lead was 116-103 with 3:02 remaining.

Leading 120-116, Embiid hit a trey from the top of the key for a seven-point lead with 34.9 seconds left.

Embiid made two free throws in the waning seconds to help seal the win.

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