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Shake Milton reaches career high in points vs. Clippers

Shake Milton is setting the nets ablaze Sunday against the Clippers.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Shake Milton dribbles the ball against the New York Knicks during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center.  Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Final update: Milton got hot again down the stretch and finished with a game-high 39 points, three rebounds, and five assists on 14-of-20 shooting. He was 7-of-9 from behind the arc in Philadelphia’s 136-130 loss.

Third quarter update: Milton cooled off in the third quarter, but reached a career-high 29 points ahead of the final frame. He also has three rebounds, two assists, and a steal to his name. The 76ers have fallen behind though and trail 108-96.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Shake Milton is lighting it up against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. He has totaled 29 points on 11-of-12 shooting. He’s made all five of his shots from beyond the arc, helping Philadelphia get out to a 80-77 lead just after the break.

The second-year guard was thrust into the starting lineup after Ben Simmons was sidelined with a lower back injury and has been producing at a high level. Milton is only averaging 7.6 points per game this season but has scored at least 17 points in three of his last four games. Milton’s’ offensive surge could be prolonged by the absence of Simmons and Joel Embiid (shoulder) if he stays consistent with his scoring output.

Milton has a team-high in points and is trailed by Tobias Harris (17) and Josh Richardson (9), who was forced to the locker room after bumping heads with a Alec Burks early in the second quarter. He could be the 76ers’ top option down the stretch if he keeps it up.