Markelle Fultz becomes NBA's first teen to notch triple-double

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons Atlanta Hawks forward Taurean Prince left and guard Isaiah Taylor vie for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday

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.

Fueled by outstanding performances by Dario Saric, Richaun Holmes, and Justin Anderson, Brett Brown's squad put a beating on the playoff-bound Milwaukee Bucks with a resounding 130-95 blowout win at the Wells Fargo Center, and the star of the game?

That appears to be the same mask he was wearing in an Instagram video a day earlier.

Embiid hasn't played since March 28 when he suffered a broken bone around his left eye in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. At one point, the Sixers led 72-37 - at the same time the Flyers were down 7-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League playoffs.

"I want to play but right now I feel like I'm not ready yet, " Embiid said. "Hopefully, it gets approved and I get to play in it". This doesn't depend exclusively on Embiid's ability to play with a protective mask, something he figures to try at some point in the series.

The rookie has had a bumpy season which included an injury that kept him out of the lineup for 68 games. "I do feel confident to tell you and the public that Game 1 is highly unlikely". "But we're going to see how it feels". Philadelphia shot 64.7 percent in the opening period and drilled 8 of 11 3-pointers, the most 3s the Sixers have recorded in any quarter this season. National Basketball Association rules now allow only clear masks, but Embiid said he will appeal. Philadelphia's win over Milwaukee extended the team's franchise-record winning streak to 16 games. "Actually, I wouldn't say that because I don't think I'm ready to play, because it still doesn't feel all the way right", said Embiid. Some of that was schedule-aided, but they were the only team that ranked in the top five in both offensive and defensive efficiency after the All-Star break. Embiid leads the team with 22.9 points and 11 rebounds in 63 games, helping Philly clinch its first playoff berth since 2012.

At one stage on Wednesday, the Sixers led 72-37. "I give them a lot of credit, they've been playing really well, and coaches have been doing a fantastic job".

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