This could have been a crucial game in determining which team would earn the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Instead, the Philadelphia 76ers are preparing for their season consecutive postseason while the visiting Milwaukee Bucks are getting ready for another long summer going into their matchup Wednesday night.
Philadelphia (34-30) had a three-game lead over the Bucks (31-33) with three games left for both teams, but would have been eliminated from contention had they finished 0-3 and the Bucks won out.
The 76ers prevented that unlikely scenario from playing out by winning 105-87 at New Jersey on Monday.
Once atop the Atlantic Division, the 76ers are just happy to be in the playoff mix following a 13-23 stretch that preceded their current three-game winning streak.
"Adversity can send you south or make you forge together and be stronger,'' coach Doug Collins said. "... I am so proud of my guys. I really, really am. They answered the bell and when I looked up ther...