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Bucks clinch top seed in the East, NBA with win over 76ers

Giannis Antetokounmpo helped Milwaukee lock up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and the NBA playoffs with another MVP-worthy performance.

Antetokounmpo outdueled fellow MVP candidate Joel Embiid, finishing with 45 points and 13 rebounds and leading Milwaukee to a 128-122 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night as the Bucks clinched the top spot in the conference and the top overall top seed in the upcoming playoffs.

"I was just trying to make plays and try to find the opportunity to attack," Antetokounmpo said.

Antetokounmpo reached 25 or more points and 10-plus rebounds in a game for the 42nd time this season.