The Cleveland Cavaliers at home blow out the Philadelphia 76ers 122-105. Cavaliers improve to 48-27 and the 76ers fall to 28-48 on the season. LeBron James led all scorers with 34 points on 14 of 22 from the field, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished out six assists in 30 minutes. Kyrie Irving scored 24 points on 11 of 16 from the field, and gave out nine assists. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 18 points on 6 of 14 from the floor, including 10 rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
J.R. Smith dropped in 14 points on 5 of 9 from the field, plucked four rebounds, and knocked down four three-pointers. Tristan Thompson racked up seven points on 3 of 7 from the field, and pulled down 11 rebounds. Channing Frye added 12 points on 5 of 8 from the field off the bench in 16 minutes. Deron Williams contributed six points on merely 3 of 8 from the floor, and handed out six assists off the pine. The Cavaliers shot a solid 52.6 percent from the field, and shot 44.8 percent on 13 of 29 from three-point range.
The Cavaliers bounce back winning at home after losing their last three games. The Cavaliers took care of business and they played on top of their game. The Cavaliers need to start playing better before the playoffs start really soon. Meanwhile, Kyle Korver is still out with foot soreness. The Cavaliers will play again at home on Sunday and take on the Indiana Pacers.
For the 76ers, Richaun Holmes amassed 19 points on 7 of 9 from the field, and snatched seven rebounds. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot finished with 19 points on 7 of 15 from the field, and gathered four rebounds. Justin Anderson chipped in a double-double with 12 points on 4 of 8 from the floor, picked up 10 rebounds, and dished out three assists. T.J. McConnell managed 10 points on 4 of 9 from the field, and gave out seven assists. Sean Long poured in 17 points on 7 of 10 from the field, and gathered four rebounds off the bench.
Nik Stauskas logged nine points on 4 of 10 from the floor, to go along with four rebounds and six assists. Gerald Henderson pitched in seven points on 3 of 7 from the field, collected four rebounds, and handed out three assists. The 76ers shot 48.8 percent from the field, and shot 33.3 percent on 11 of 33 behind the three-point line. The 76ers did play sloppy with 17 turnovers.
The 76ers just could not get stops, and they were getting blown out for most of the game. The 76ers were losing by as many as 32 points in the game. Meanwhile, Jahlil Okafor sat out with a sore knee, Robert Covington sat out with a swollen knee, Sergio Rodriguez did not play with a hamstring injury, and Joel Embiid is shut down for the season with a torn meniscus.
76ers head coach Brett Brown said, “They played at a championship level, they took their frustrations out on us. It looked like they had their mindset on fixing some things versus the 76ers.”