With the Philadelphia 76ers’ two All-Star players sidelined, Shake Milton stepped up his effort for the team.
The second-year guard known as @SniperShake on Twitter tied an NBA record and put up a career-high in points while he was under the spotlight.
While the output wasn’t enough for his team as Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers prevailed, it still got Milton into the record books and earned some serious recognition for his efforts.
Shake Milton puts up career-high 39 points
A former SMU star, Milton was the 54th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. However, he averaged just 13.4 minutes a game last season. That total has increased by almost four minutes in the latest season.
In late January, he started getting to start for the Sixers, and with the recent injury to Ben Simmons, Milton has had more of an opportunity to show his stuff.
In just the first half of Sunday’s nationally-televised game, Milton shot an impressive 10-of-11 and scored 26 points. That included the Sixers guard knocking down all four of the three-point shot attempts he took.
He’d go on to knock down 14 of the 20 shots he took for the game, and he hit 7-of-9 three-pointers. With each made shot, his teammates on the Sixers’ bench celebrated.
All of that translated to a career-high 39 points for Milton on the nationally televised stage. There was even a highlight dunk on a break with Julius Irving in the house to witness it.
The Sixers would fall to the Clippers, 136-130, but Milton kept things close for a team without Joel Embiid and Simmons. That’s a good sign as Philadelphia looks to hold onto their playoff chances without their two stars.
Milton ties NBA record as well
In the second half, Shake Milton connected on the first five three-point shots he attempted. That helped him tie an NBA record.
Over the past three games, Milton made 13 consecutive three-pointers.
In the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Milton hit three in a row. In the next game against the New York Knicks, he was 5-for-5 from downtown. Sunday’s first five tied the mark that only two other players in NBA history have.
Interestingly, those other two players achieved the record in 1996, so it took over 23 years for another player to do the same.
Shake Milton ties an NBA record with 13 straight 3-pointers made within a season. He made 3 straight in the Cavs game, went 5-5 vs. Knicks and made 5 straight today. He joins Brent Price, Washington, Jan. 15-Jan. 19, 1996; Terry Mills, Detroit, Dec. 4-Dec. 7, 1996.
— Amy Fadool Kane (@amyfadoolNBCS) March 1, 2020
During Sunday’s game on ABC, commentator Mike Breem announced that in the past five games, Milton had made 19 of his last 25 three-pointers.
A former G League player, Milton was a guy that previously wasn’t part of Sixers head coach Brett Brown’s plans. Per ESPN, Brown talked to each of his players earlier this month about their playing situation.
“You’re not playing,” Brown recalled telling Milton. “You’re not in the rotation.”
Things change when players get injured, and it’s a good thing Shake Milton was still around.
“A hell of a story,” Brown said following Sunday’s performance at Staples Center. Most likely, Milton is hoping to write some more exciting chapters of that story as this season continues.