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Shake Milton powers 76ers to season-ending win over Pistons

Apr 10, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Shake Milton (18) passes the ball in the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

Shake Milton came off of the bench to score a season-high 30 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 118-106 home win over the Detroit Pistons in the regular-season finale on Sunday.

Tyrese Maxey and Paul Reed each scored 25 points for Philadelphia (51-31) in a game that saw each team rest their best players.

Detroit didn’t dress its leading scorer in Cade Cunningham, while Philadelphia didn’t play the NBA’s leading scorer, Joel Embid, or James Harden.

Philadelphia earned the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, where it will meet Toronto in a first-round matchup.

Luka Garza had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Isaiah Livers had 14 points for Detroit (23-59), which solidified one of the three worst records in the league and has a 14% chance of winning the top overall pick in the draft lottery next month.

Leading 98-97, Philadelphia broke it open by going on a 14-1 run to take a 112-98 lead with 4:01 remaining in the game.

Trailing 62-60 at halftime, Detroit scored the first seven points of the third quarter to take a 67-62 lead.

Philadelphia rallied to tie the game at 77-77, and then went on a 10-3 run to take an 87-80 lead with 3:24 remaining in the third quarter.

Detroit jumped out to a 22-15 lead with 4:16 remaining in the first quarter, but Philadelphia closed the quarter out in strong fashion, outscoring the Pistons 21-8 the rest of the first quarter to take a 36-30 lead.

Philadelphia stayed hot in the second, going on a 16-7 run to open the second quarter to take a 52-37 lead with 8:52 remaining until halftime.

The 76ers held a 60-49 lead with 4:26 left in the quarter, but Detroit ended the second with an 11-2 run to pull within 62-60 at halftime.

–Field Level Media