Philadelphia 76ers clinch first playoff berth since 2012

Pacers guard Victor Oladipo celebrates a made three in Indiana's 113-107 overtime win over the Miami Heat

Outscoring the Denver Nuggets 34-15 in the third quarter, the Philadelphia 76ers moved a step closer to locking down home-court advantage for the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs with a 123-104 win Monday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. With 10 games remaining, only two are against Eastern Conference playoff teams and the have one of the easiest schedules remaining with games against Knicks, Mavericks, Hawks (twice), Nets, Hornets in addition to the Pistons, Bucks and Cavs after tonight.

Joel Embiid had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Sixers.

Nikola Jokic - 19.5 points, 9.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 0.8 blocks, 2.8 turnovers - 55.3 field-goal%, 50.0 three-point%.

The Denver Nuggets' strong start against the 76ers took a sharp turn for the worst in a 123-104 loss at the Wells Fargo Center.

"I was just focused on helping the team get the win, really", Fultz told NBC Sports on the court after the game. "As long as we win, that's all I'm anxious about. Everybody just goes out there and does their job".

It has been unclear whether Fultz changed his motion in reaction to the injury, or if the reverse took place, but he has been practicing with the team since early in the year. Here's to him being back to good here on Monday night. "Knowing what I know and seeing what I've seen, and understanding how special that kid is from a human being standpoint, it's a good day", he said. "These fans are great, and I love them".

Fultz checked in to a standing ovation with 2:54 left in the first quarter and drove down the baseline for a quick basket.

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It has been a tough couple of years for Philly fans but they're ultimately being rewarded for their patience as they enjoy watching some of the most exciting young players in the league.

Wayne Selden canned four 3-pointers and scored 23 points as Memphis defeated Minnesota in Minneapolis. In that time, Fultz recorded 10 points and eight assists and was plus-16.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe finished with 23 points to lead Milwaukee past visiting San Antonio.

While the 76ers are making postseason plans, the Nuggets (40-33) are scrapping for the final spot in the Western Conference as they sit 1.5 games behind Utah for the eighth spot.

Brown had always been fighting off the urge to shout down the topic whenever it was forwarded by the media, but by the weekend he was as clear as he'd been all season, saying that it was up to Fultz to declare his intention to play. With 15 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds, Ben Simmons led the way for Philadelphia with his ninth triple-double this season.

Barton scored 20 points in the first half for the Nuggets as they established an eight-point lead at the break. Denver is 8 in the league by sinking 11.5 threes per game and is 6 in the league in three point shooting by sinking 37.4 percent from beyond the arc.

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