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    Sixers clinch No. 3 seed in Eastern Conference as Cavaliers end up in fourth

    Apr 12, 2018

    FOR the first time since 2001, Philadelphia is a top-three seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

    For the first time since 2008, LeBron James is not.

    The 76ers routed Milwaukee, 130-95, on Wednesday night (Thursday, Manila time) to wrap up the No. 3 seed on the East bracket, and that meant No. 4 Cleveland will face No. 5 Indiana when the playoffs open this weekend.

    Philadelphia's 16-game winning streak is the longest to end a regular season in NBA history.

    Philadelphia rolled from the start, taking a 46-18 lead after the first quarter. The 28-point margin tied for the sixth-largest in any quarter of 76ers history.

    The only way Cleveland would have finished No. 3 was if it won and Philadelphia lost. But with the 76ers taking command so quickly and essentially locking Cleveland into No. 4 long before the final buzzers, James got most of Wednesday night off. He finished with 10 points in just over 10 minutes.

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