The back-and-forth encounter was a battle of the stars as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid traded blows all game, with the Greek Freak getting the last laugh, finishing with 45 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and FIVE blocks in the win.
JJ Redick scored 29 points and Mike Scott, starting for injured Jimmy Butler, had 22 points for the 76ers, who are two games in front of Boston in the race for the No. 3 seed in the East with three games left.
After leading by as many as seven points early in the fourth quarter, after an Embiid's three-pointer with 8:14 left made it 102-95, the 76ers slowly let the lead slip, with a George Hill layup tying things up at 119-119 with 1:24 remaining.
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Khris Middleton finished with 22 points for Milwaukee, who locked up home court advantage in the playoffs and won the season series over the 76ers after the teams split their first two games.
The battle between these two was worth the price of admission alone.
Plus, from an experience perspective, Monroe has a major advantage over some of the younger players that Philadelphia now has, so maybe this decision will turn out to be better than expected.
The loss for the 76ers is their third straight. Bledsoe got tangled up with Philadelphia's Embiid and was thrown out by the officials after he fired the ball at Embiid, hitting him in the stomach.
After the game, Embiid spoke about his trollish ways. On the other end, Embiid did what he could against Giannis, the likely 2018-19 MVP, containing some of his rampages to the rim, forcing a jump ball and ceding open 3-pointers. "He was the first guy greeting his teammates and being there for them when they came in".