PLAYOFFS START APRIL 18: SIXERS 10TH IN NBA POWER RANKINGS

10. SIXERS Record: 37-23 Week 19 ranking: 11

After struggling away from home all season, the 76ers finally proved that they can compete with top teams on the road.

Ben Simmons (back) and Joel Embiid (shoulder) both missed Sunday’s 136-130 loss to the Clippers with injury, and the 76ers lost a third starter, Josh Richardson, early in the second quarter thanks to a nose contusion. (Richardson was later diagnosed with a concussion and has entered concussion protocol.)

Philly took on the next-man-up approach and got a career-high 39 points from reserve guard Shake Milton (above). Before the game, Milton had cracked 20 points only twice in his NBA career. The extended minutes for Milton without Simmons in the lineup will prove beneficial when the playoffs begin in mid-April.

This week: @LAL, @SAC, @GSW

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