MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 52 points, however, Joel Embiid needed 40 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the Milwaukee Bucks 130-125 on Sunday.

Antetokounmpo was 1-5 of 26 from the field, including 3 8 in 3-point variety, and made 19 of 21 free throws to better his previous career best with eight points.

Embiid and the Sixers weathered a late fee by Milwaukee to beat the team with the highest overall record in the (52-18) and the top home record (27-6). This had been the fifth time this season Embiid scored 40 or more points and came in his fourth game back after missing nine straight with left knee distress.

Jimmy Butler added 27 points, JJ Redick 19 along with Tobias Harris 1 2 for the Sixers, near the very top of the Eastern Conference standings at 45-15.

He got up picking his right leg, but then sank 1 of 2 free throws.

Embiid scored 18 points and Butler had 14 in the fourth quarter.

The Bucks got to 3 points twice in the closing seconds, however Embiid and Harris each made two free throws to seal the triumph.

Khris Middleton scored 13 points and Brooks Lopez added 11 for the Bucks.

Mike Scott struck a wide open 3 to give the Sixers a 98-86 lead early in the fourth and compel the Bucks to burn a time out.

Scott also given a fun highlight — overdue at the first quarter, he made a dive in to the stands trying to rescue a loose ball. He landed from the second row, amazed a buff by going for a quick sip of her drink, and ran on defense as play continued.

TIP-INS

76ers: transferred to some season-high 20 games over .500

Bucks: Nikola Mirotic started for Malcolm Brogdon, that is out with a slight plantar fascia tear from his right foot. Brogdon had started 6 4 of 69 games and is out forever. .

MOMENT OF SILENCE

There was a pregame period of silence for the victims and survivors of the newzealand mosque strikes.

UP NEXT

76ers: Play at Charlotte on Tuesday.

Bucks: Host that the La Lakers on Tuesday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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