Updated: 6:30 p.m.

Shake Milton has given the Sixers a much-needed boost while dealing with injuries to Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and now Josh Richardson.

He’s also making NBA history.

With his made three with 9:52 remaining in the third quarter against the Clippers, Milton tied an NBA record, making his 13th consecutive three. The last three he missed came with 9:59 remaining in the third in Cleveland Wednesday.

The number ties Brent Barry and Terry Mills, who both accomplished the feat in 1996, for the longest streak of all time.

Milton has been outstanding over his past three games filling in as the starting point guard with Simmons out. When Simmons initially went down, Brett Brown said the point guard situation would be handled by committee.

Milton’s recent play has changed that.

What a fantastic story late,” Brown said after Thursday’s win over the Knicks. “It’s getting to the stage where the sort of unique performances that catch your eye have become more and more frequent. … He’s just becoming consistently reliable on a bunch of things. The statistics we’re all going to see, but defensively, watch him sit in a stance and watch him follow a game plan. He’s deceptively long and I think he’s improved tremendously defensively. … 

“At this stage you’d have to say, if everybody’s looking for a tournament, he’s winning it. He’s the starting point guard. The rest of it falls into place with some other ball handlers that are more than capable and at times really good, but Shake has been a needed surprise late.

 

Milton put up a career-high 39 points, hitting 7 of 9 from three and 14 of 20 overall, but the Sixers ultimately fell to the Clippers (see observations).

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