Philadelphia 76ers: Markelle Fultz records his first triple-double in 52nd win

The rookie gave Sixers fans a taste of what is to come in the future with him on the court during the team's win against the Milwaukee Bucks last night, as he finished off the regular season and got himself into fantastic form for the important playoff games ahead by breaking an National Basketball Association record. Justin Anderson led the Sixers with 25 points and Dario Saric had 24.

Elsewhere, Jimmy Butler scored 31 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves ended the NBA's longest-running playoff drought, beating the Denver Nuggets 112-106 in overtime. That said, it would be fun to see the 7-footers go at it, both in the paint and with verbal salvos before, after and between games. "We've got some guys who want to win". They were joined in double figures by Richaun Holmes (19 points), T.J. McConnell (16 points), Marco Belinelli (13 points) and Fultz (13 points). With AP Photos.Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid says it's unlikely he'll be available for at least Game 1 of the playoffs this weekend.

The Timberwolves advance to play Harden's Rockets in the first round. "If it was my decision, I would probably play". The Raptors not only have the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference wrapped up, but they'll also finish with the NBA's second-best record behind Houston. In the Sixers' season finale, Fultz notched a triple-double, making him the youngest ever to do so in National Basketball Association history. The record was previously held by Cleveland Cavaliers icon LeBron James (20 years, 20 days).

Westbrook entered Wednesday's home contest needing 16 rebounds against the Grizzlies to complete his triple double average for the second straight season. He pulled down his 16th rebound with just over nine minutes left in the third quarter and received a standing ovation. Embiid tops in rebounds with 11.0 while Simmons tops in assists with 8.2.

"I think a lot also has to do with how well the team has been doing without me".

The series will head south to Miami for game three and four on Thursday, April 18 and Saturday, April 21. With Philadelphia in the midst of a 15-game winning streak, Embiid does not feel a rush to return that he might have if they were struggling.

  • Stacy Allen