In a star-studded event at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night, the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers by a 128-122 final to claim the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Milwaukee rode the back of Giannis Antetokounmpo to claim a crucial victory over an Eastern Conference rival that guaranteed them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Antetokounmpo, possibly the front-runner for the NBA MVP Award, scored 45 points and gathered 13 rebounds in an outstanding performance to lead him team to victory.
The Greek forward also tallied 6 assists and 5 blocks, showing his all-around worth on the court.
The win for Milwaukee was only Philadelphia’s tenth loss in forty home games this season.
Khris Middleton and George Hill also eclipsed the 20 point mark for Milwaukee.
Despite the loss, 76ers center Joel Embiid played extremely well. He scored 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in his team’s defeat.
Milwaukee will now probably use the season’s 2 remaining games to rest players and get prepared for their first playoff series, which will come against the conference’s 8th seed.