The 76ers will have to wait until Saturday night to find out their Eastern Conference semifinal opponent.
The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 97-86 in Game 6 of their first-round matchup on Thursday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks’ victory knotted the best-of-seven series at three games apiece. The decisive Game 7 is set for 8 p.m. Saturday at the Celtics’ TD Garden.
The third-seeded Sixers will face the winner on Monday.
If the second-seeded Celtics win Saturday, they would get home-court advantage and host the Sixers in Game 1 on Monday night. However, the Sixers would open the series at the Wells Fargo Center if the seventh-seeded Bucks’ win.
The Celtics won three of the team’s four regular-season games against the Sixers: 102-92 (Oct. 20 in Philly), 108-97 (Nov. 30 in Boston) and 114-103 (Jan. 11 in London) victories. In the final meeting, the Sixers beat a Celtics squad minus all-star point guard Kyrie Irving, 89-80, on Jan. 18 in Boston. Irving is sidelined after having season-ending left knee surgery.
The Sixers split their four regular-season games with the Bucks, with the home team winning all the meetings.
Philly routed the Bucks 130-95 on April 11, the final day of the regular season. It was obvious from the start the Sixers were going to win.
They shot 72.7 percent on three-pointers in the first quarter en route to a 46-18 lead. They went on to take a commanding 41-point lead (70-29) after Dario Saric’s 4-foot floater with 5 minutes, 7 seconds left in the second quarter.
The Sixers took an 80-44 lead at intermission. The 80 points were a floor record for points scored in a half. The Sixers shot 49.5 percent from the field and 41.7 percent on three-pointers for the game.