Former G-League player is the shining star for a depleted 76ers team in defeat.
Shake Milton shook the Los Angeles Clippers’ (41-19) defense with an outstanding performance!
The former SMU and Delaware Blue Coats guard received the start for the Philadelphia 76ers (37-24) in the absence of the injured star point guard Ben Simmons. He did not waste this opportunity by stepping up when the team needed him. Milton came out the gate on fire with a perfect first quarter. He scored 11 points on 5-5 field goal shooting and one 3 point field goal. He included a highlight dunk over the notorious NBA pest, Patrick Beverley. But Shake did not stop there as he added another 15 points in the second quarter, bringing his first half total to an amazing 26 points. The 76ers held a 72-70 lead over the Clippers going into halftime.
The Sixers Slip In The Second Half
The Sixers and Shake were stifled by the Clippers defense an offensive onslaught in the second half. He was only able to score 3 points on 1-5 shooting and the Clippers were fighting their way back into the lead. On that three-pointer made, Shake tied the NBA record for most consecutive threes made at 13. Philadelphia let the lead slip and allowed the Clippers to score 38 points in the third quarter. They trailed the Clippers, 108-96 at the start of the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Milton stepped it up in an attempt to bring the Sixers back to try and regain the lead. Shake scored 9 points to bring his game total to 39 points which is a career high. The Sixers were able to get within 4 points but unfortunately, this was not enough. The Clippers depth and firepower outlasted the Sixers and they would go on to win the game with a final score of 136-130.
Shake Milton led the game in scoring with his career high of 39 points on 10/14 shooting and 90% from the free throw line. Tobias Harris was the second highest scorer with 25 points, and Alec Burks added 15 points off the bench. The Clippers were led by their two All-Stars, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Leonard poured in 30 points and George added 24 points. The Clippers’ bench mob featuring Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell both scored 24 points a piece. The season series is tied 1-1 between Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
The Philadelphia Sixers really have a “diamond in the rough” with Shake Milton. In his last 5 outings, he has averaged 20.4 points per game. This is the scoring punch that the Sixers need coming from the backcourt. Shake Milton put the league on notice with this 39 point game, and Brett Brown needs to implement him into the lineup more often to help the Sixers’ miserable bench performance.
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