There aren’t many more superlatives we can use to describe the recent play of Shake Milton.
The second-year guard has taken over as the starting point guard with Ben Simmons out and on Sunday put up a career-high 39 points — including hitting 7 of 9 from deep — on the road against the Clippers in front of a national audience.
Milton also made history, making 13 consecutive threes over the course of three games to tie an NBA record. Brent Price and Terry Mills, both in 1996, also reached that mark.
Here are a few stats to put Milton’s strong play recently into perspective.
• Milton is the ninth player in franchise history to score at least 39 points in a game in his second NBA season. The last to do so was Joel Embiid, who dropped a then career-high 46 on the Lakers in 2017. Before that, you’d have to go back to Allen Iverson dropping 43 against the Timberwolves in 1998.
• He tied Robert Covington, JJ Redick and Dorell Wright for second-most threes made in a road game in franchise history. Isaiah Canaan holds the team record at eight.
• Only two players in Sixers history have hit seven threes on nine or fewer attempts in a game: Milton and Furkan Korkmaz. Korkmaz also went 7 of 9 against the Grizzlies back on Feb. 7.
• Milton became just the third Sixer to score at least 39 points and hit at least seven threes in a game, joining Dana Barros (twice) and Vernon Maxwell.
• He became the 13th player in the NBA this season to score 39 points on 20 attempts or fewer.
• The 23-year-old is the fourth second-year player to score 39 points and make seven threes in a game this season. The Hawks’ Trae Young (four times), Grizzlies’ Jaren Jackson Jr. and Hornets’ Devonte’ Graham are the others.
• Thanks to his ridiculous hot streak, Milton now leads all second-year players in three-point percentage at 46.6 percent (minimum 80 attempts).
• Over his last three games, Milton has made at least four threes while shooting at least 66 percent from deep. He’s the first Sixer to ever do that and only 18 players in NBA history have done it.
All stats are from Basketball Reference.
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