The Cleveland Cavaliers on the road hold on to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-108. Cavs improve to 13-2 and 76ers fall to 4-13 on the season. For the Cavs, Kyrie Irving had a game high 39 points on 14 of 27 from the field, including four rebounds, and buried five three-pointers. Irving took over this game, and scored 19 of his points in the fourth quarter alone. LeBron James posted a triple-double with 26 points on 9 of 19 from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out 13 assists. Kevin Love recorded a double-double with 25 points on 6 of 13 from the floor, plucked 11 rebounds, and hit four from downtown.
Tristan Thompson racked up 12 points on 5 of 8 from the field, pulled down 11 rebounds, and blocked two shots. James Jones added six points on a perfect 2 of 2 from the field in 11 minutes off the bench. J.R. Smith scored 0 points in this game and shot 0 of 11 from the field. J.R.’s shot has been off in the last couple of games and he needs to shoot the ball better for the Cavs to play at their best.
The Cavaliers shot merely 41.3 percent from the field, and shot just 30 percent on 12 of 40 from the field. The Cavaliers started the game shooting 0 of 14 from the field. All though the Cavaliers didn’t shoot well from the field, they did shoot a solid 85.7 percent on 24 of 28 from the foul line. The Cavaliers did not play their best game, but they still won by four points against the struggling Philadelphia 76ers.
The Cavaliers also seemed to play lethargic on defense. Meanwhile, Iman Shumpert for the Cavaliers did not play with a hamstring injury, and Channing Frye is still out for the Cavaliers after his father passed away on thanksgiving day. The Cavaliers next game will be tonight and they will matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.
LeBron James said “Whoever has the hot hand, we want to continue to get it to him. Kyrie understands what needs to be done in order for us to win. He showcased that tonight.”
For the 76ers, Joel Embiid led the way with 22 points on 8 of 18 from the field to go along with nine rebounds, four assists, and three blocked shots. Ersan Ilyasova scored 13 points on 5 of 10 from the floor, and snatched six rebounds. Sergio Rodriguez logged 12 points on 5 of 9 from the field, gave out seven assists, and stripped away two steals. Gerald Henderson totaled 13 points on 5 of 13 from the field, snagged five rebounds, and handed out four assists. Jahlil Okafor contributed 14 points on 7 of 11 from the field, and collected nine rebounds off the bench.
Nik Stauskas dropped in 11 points on 4 of 6 from the field, and dished out four assists off the pine. Rookie Dario Saric compiled 10 points on 4 of 9 from the floor, caught four rebounds, and gave out three assists. The 76ers shot a respectable 46.7 percent from the field, and shot 44 percent on 15 of 34 from three-point range. The 76ers had a six point lead at halftime, and were up by one point with 9 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, but the 76ers didn’t get stops when they needed to in the fourth quarter. The 76ers did play sloppy with 16 turnovers. The 76ers have now lost their last three games on their home floor. Meanwhile, Jerryd Bayless did not play for the 76ers with a wrist injury.