Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Evan Turner had 19 points, nine assists
and six rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to an 86-79 victory over the
Cleveland Cavaliers at Wells Fargo Center.
Spencer Hawes gave 14 points and nine rebounds, while Jrue Holiday also
contributed 14 points with nine assists for the Sixers, who have won two
Alonzo Gee finished with 17 points to pace Cleveland, which dropped its sixth
Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao each recorded a double-double in defeat
as Thompson had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Varejao also netted 14 points
to go along with 15 boards.
"We had some good looks at the offensive end," Cavaliers head coach Byron
Scott said. "I thought we got a little stagnant towards the end. That probably
had a little to do with fatigue."
The Cavaliers entered the second quarter holding a 21-19 lead after a back-
and-forth first quarter that saw three lead changes and three ties, but after
C.J. Miles opened the second with a 3-pointer, Philadelphia answered with six
straight points to take a 25-24 advantage.
Omri Casspi put an end to the run with a shot from beyond the arc on the other
end and the teams traded baskets over the final nine minutes of the half until
a pair of Hawes free throws gave the Sixers a 43-42 edge at the break.
The teams continued to trade blows in a third quarter which included three
lead changes and two ties until Holiday sparked a late 6-2 spurt with a jumper
to give Philadelphia a 62-57 lead entering the fourth quarter.
The Sixers then carried that momentum into the fourth, opening the frame with
a 7-2 run to extend their lead to a game-high 10 points, 69-59.
Cleveland would battle back to close its gap to 75-73 with just under four
minutes remaining, but the Cavaliers would get no closer as Philadelphia
answered with a 9-2 push Turner capped with a turnaround jumper for an 84-75
cushion with less than two minutes left in the game.
The Cavaliers trailed by at least seven points the rest of the way.
"I was very proud of our guys. I'm hoping it gets smoother," Sixers coach Doug
Collins said. "Every game is a grind. We're just not in a great rhythm
Philadelphia has won six straight games over Cleveland ... Cleveland was held
to just 35.7 percent shooting, but outscored Philadelphia in the paint, 44-24
... The Sixers shot 42.5 percent in the game ... Nick Young scored 13 points
for the Sixers before leaving the game in the second quarter for dizziness ...
The game had a total of 16 lead changes and six ties.
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