The Philadelphia 76ers hold off the Cleveland Cavaliers, 132 to 130

The Philadelphia 76ers hold off the Cleveland Cavaliers, 132 to 130

The Philadelphia 76ers have recently clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2012 when Doug Collins was the head coach.   They will look to put fear in a team that they will potentially meet in the Playoffs as they host the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Wells Fargo Center.  The Cavaliers are currently looking for their sixth straight victory while the 76ers are on a hot twelve-game winning streak.

This meeting between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Philadelphia 76ers will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  They have battled each other a grand total of 210 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 104 games while the 76ers pulled out 106 victories.  March 1 was the last time they saw each other as the 76ers handed the Cavaliers a 108 to 97 loss.  During that game, J.J. Redick scored 22 points, pulled down 2 rebounds, and dished out 2 assists while LeBron James settled for 30 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and one steal.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

John Holland (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.2 APG, 27.5 FG%, 26.9 3P%)
London Perrantes (coach’s decision; 0.2 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.4 APG, 16.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Ante Zizic (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 71.9 FG%)
George Hill (ankle; 10.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 2.8 APG, 46.0 FG%, 41.6 3P%)
Jose Calderon (hamstring; 4.6 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.1 APG, 51.1 FG%, 47.3 3P%)

Philadelphia 76ers:

Joel Embiid (face; 22.9 PPG, 11.0 PPG, 3.2 APG, 48.3 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (knee; 5.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 37.5 FG%, 33.5 3P%)
Justin Anderson (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 42.1 FG%, 31.5 3P%)
Jerryd Bayless (coach’s decision; 7.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.6 FG%, 37.0 3P%)
Furkan Korkmaz (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Demetrius Jackson (1.1 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 38.9 FG%, 14.3 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Philadelphia 76ers will start the game on a high note as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Cleveland Cavaliers at forty-three percent.  Former Milwaukee Bucks guard J.J. Redick scored nineteen points, which included 3 three-pointers.  He also had two defensive rebounds and one assist while Ben Simmons recorded thirteen points on sixty-seven percent shooting.  Simmons was also able to grab eleven rebounds while he gave out eight assists, committed three steals, and blocked one shot.  Robert Covington would help out as he connected for two three-pointers and grabbed two boards.  Marco Belinelli played fourteen minutes off of the bench as he earned himself twelve points.

On the other end of the floor, Jeff Green chalked up seventeen points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also had 3 three-pointers while LeBron James contributed with nine points, five rebounds, and nine assists.  Five-time All-Star Kevin Love would see to it that he got seven points with a three-pointer early in the first quarter.  He also had six defensive rebounds and three assists while Rodney Hood was limited to just four points.  J.R. Smith would play the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points as the 76ers went into halftime with a huge 78-55 advantage.

The Ohio team would make a comeback in the second half as they went on an incredible 75 to 54 run, shooting sixty-three percent from the field.  During that run, LeBron James went off for thirty-five points while hitting two three-pointers in the third quarter and two more three-pointers in the fourth quarter.  He also had six defensive rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block while Green continued to help out with sixteen points.  Kevin Love was able to earn ten points, which held two three-pointers in the third quarter.  The 76ers, however, were able to hold off the Cavaliers as James missed two much-needed free-throws, winning the game 132-130.  J.J. Redick finished with twenty-eight points, two rebounds, and one assist while LeBron James had forty-four points, eleven rebounds, eleven assists, two steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to New York as they battle Tim Hardaway (17.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, 42 FG%) and the Knicks (27-51) on Monday at 7:30 p.m.  This matchup will mark the third of four times that they will play each other this season.  The Cavaliers and the Knicks have battled each other a total of 213 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 95 games while the Knicks went on to win 118 games.  The last time they clashed with each other was on November 13 when the Cavaliers crept away with a 104 to 101 win.  LeBron James finished that game with 23 points, 9 rebounds, 12 assists, and 3 blocks while Tim Hardaway had 28 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

The Philadelphia 76ers will host Harrison Barnes (18.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.0 APG, 45 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (24-55) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.  This game will mark the second and final time that these two teams will meet up this season.  They have played each other a grand total of 72 times as the Mavericks won 37 games while the 76ers were kept to 35 wins.  October 28 was the last time that the 76ers and the Mavericks battled each other as the Mavericks fell to the Philadelphia team, 112-110.  During that game, Ben Simmons scored 23 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, gave out 8 assists, committed 3 steals, and blocked one shot.  Joel Embiid also had 23 points, along with 9 rebounds, and 4 assists while Harrison Barnes finished with 25 points, 4 rebounds, and one steal.

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