KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Another seeding game, another undermanned opponent.
This time, however, the outcome was different for the 76ers inside the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. They defeated the undermanned and weary San Antonio Spurs, 132-130, Monday night thanks to Shake Milton's three-pointer with 7.2 seconds left.
The Sixers pulled within one point 22.2 seconds left as Joel Embiid hit the first of his two foul shots. He missed the second one, and Jakob Poeltl grabbed the defensive rebound and the Spurs called a timeout.
After running time off the clock, Derrick White was fouled with 10.4 seconds left. He missed the first and made the second to put the Spurs up 130-128 with 10.4 remaining. Milton then drained a 26-foot three-pointer at 7.2 mark to give the Sixers a 131-130 lead.
After a timeout, DeMar DeRozan drove the lane and passed to Poeltl, who missed a 3-foot layup with 2.4 seconds left. The Sixers got possession with 1.1 left. Embiid was fouled and hit a foul shot to clinch it. He purposely missed the second.
Embiid had 27 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists to help the Sixers. The three-time All-Star did a great job of passing out the post, setting up teammates. Tobias Harris added 25 points, while Josh Richardson had 19 points. Milton finished with 16 points and three assists after failing to score in Saturday's seeding-game opener loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Meanwhile, Furkan Korkmaz had 12 points off the bench.
On Saturday, the Pacers were without All-Star post player Domantas Sabonis (left foot plantar fasciitis) and guards Jeremy Lamb (torn left anterior cruciate ligament) and Malcolm Brogdon (neck injury).
Monday, the Sixers (40-27) faced a Spurs squad (29-37) that was without seven-time All-Star post player LaMarcus Aldridge (right shoulder surgery), forward Trey Lyles (appendicitis), former Sixers guard Marco Belinelli (sprained left foot) and guard Bryan Forbes (right quadriceps tightness).
In addition to being undermanned, this marked San Antonio's second game in as many days and third in four days.