Last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ thirteen-game win streak came to an end in the hands of the Indiana Pacers, who handed them a 106 to 102 loss. They will look to start up another winning streak as they host the 13-11 Philadelphia 76ers at the Quicken Loans Arena. The 76ers, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid their third straight loss as this game will mark the second of four matchups between these two teams this season.
The 76ers and the Cavaliers have battled each other a total of 208 times with the Cavaliers winning 103 games while the 76ers won 105 games. The last time they met up on a court was on November 27 as the Ohio team handed the 76ers a 113-91 loss. In that game, LeBron James scored 30 points, pulled down 14 rebounds, and dished off 6 assists. Joel Embiid finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds.
Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (hip)
John Holland (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Kevin Love (hip; 19.2 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.8 APG, 46.6 FG%, 36.8 3P%)
London Perrantes (coach’s decision)
Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.7 FG%)
Justin Anderson (shin; 5.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
Markelle Fultz (shoulder; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 33.3 FG%)
Furkan Korkmaz (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.2 APG, 16.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
James Michael McAdoo (coach’s decision; 5.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Jacob Pullen (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
T.J. McConnell (shoulder; 6.7 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 5.2 APG, 51.7 FG%, 56.3 3P%)
Joel Embiid (rest; 23.5 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 3.2 APG, 48.6 FG%, 26.3 3P%)
The game would start off very competitive as the Cavaliers shot forty-six percent from the field in the first half while the 76ers shot forty-five percent. The 12th pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft Dario Saric would chalk up 11 points with one three-pointer late in the second quarter. Ben Simmons scored eight points while pulling down six defensive rebounds and dishing off five assists. Robert Covington also had eight points to put with his two rebounds and two assists. Trevor Booker, who was traded to the 76ers on December 7 in exchange for Jahlil Okafor, played 11 minutes off of the bench as he scored ten points.
As for the Ohio team, LeBron James recorded nine points in the first half as he shot only thirty percent from the field. He also had three rebounds and four assists while J.R. Smith ended up with two three-pointers and one free-throw. Dwyane Wade scored seven of his own points to add with his four assists while Kyle Korver knocked down two three-pointers. Jae Crowder settled for four points but he did manage to pull down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds. Jeff Green played the most minutes off of the bench as he had nine points and five rebounds while the home team went into halftime with a 52-46 lead.
The second half would remain competitive as the Cavaliers shot fifty percent from the field while the 76ers shot forty-nine percent. LeBron James got extremely hot for 21 points which included two three-pointers. He also managed to get ahold of ten rebounds while giving out nine assists and committing two steals. Crowder contributed with eight points with six of them coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line. Wade scored six points while Korver drilled two three-pointers and one free-throw off of the bench. Green played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.
J.J. Redick chalked up 17 points which included four three-pointers for the 76ers while Covington had 11 points and four rebounds. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot played 11 minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away with a 105-98 win. LeBron James finished the game with 30 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists, and 3 steals. Robert Covington had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Dennis Schroder (20.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.5 APG, 46 FG%) and the Atlanta Hawks (5-19) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. This game will mark the third of four matchups between these two teams this season. They have met up a total of 234 times with the Cavaliers winning 113 games while the Hawks won 121 games. The last time they battled each other was on November 30 as the Cavaliers handed the Hawks a 121-114 loss. In that game, Kevin Love had 25 points, 16 rebounds, and 2 assists while Dennis Schroder finished the game with 27 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The Philadelphia 76ers will travel to Louisiana to take on DeMarcus Cousins (26.3 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 5.1 APG, 46 FG%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (13-13) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. This battle will mark the first of two games that these teams will play against each other. The 76ers and the Pelicans have met up a total of 38 times with both the Pelicans and the 76ers pulling 19 games each.