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

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The Philadelphia 76ers go out on top with their 16th straight win to finish out the season with a 52-30 record, and the star of the game? Markelle Fultz.

Hey Philadelphia 76ers fans, are you ready for some playoff basketball?

Well, in the Sixers final game of the regular season, they once again proved why they are a team to be reckoned with in route to their record-breaking 16th straight victory.

Oh yeah, and it wasn’t even close.

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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? None other than the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Markelle Fultz.

With Joel Embiid and J.J. Redick sidelined with injuries, Fultz received a career-high 25 minutes of action and rewarded the team’s confidence by delivering his first triple-double as a pro with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists while coming off the bench.

And boy was it fun to watch.

After everything  Fultz has been through this season, from his shoulder injury, or intense outside criticism, watching him not only return to the court, but thrive as a bench scorer has been truly inspiring to watch, and really highlights why we all love to watch sports.

While it’s obviously fun to watch the Sixers continue to gel and win on the court, the team has been successful because they are just that, a team. Unlike some of the NBA’s ‘Super Teams’, Coach Brown’s squad exudes a fantastic, almost familial energy that’s absolutely contagious and has truly taken the city by storm.

After watching lottery bound team after lottery bound team shuffle off the court in early April with seemingly no hope in sight, Philly has been desperate for the return of playoff basketball in the City of Brotherly Love and seemingly out of nowhere those prayers have been answered.

When the 76ers unveiled their Welcome to the Moment slogan at the beginning of the season, some scoffed at the mantra, as the team was slotted by many to finish the season around the .500 mark, but now, six months later, it seems oddly prophetic. Much like the 2017 Philadephia Eagles, the Sixers have built a tight-knit, next-man-up culture where the the sum is greater than it’s individual parts, and hopefully, this team will finish off their season in a similar fashion.

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