Like the majority of their opponents, the Sixers let Cleveland take hold of the game early. The Cavaliers used a 10-1 run that began only 3 minutes into the contest to jump ahead. Philadelphia went on nearly a 6 minute field goal drought and were outscored 33-18 in the 2nd period.Cleveland held a 21 point lead, 64-43, going into the half. Evan Turner struggled, missing 7 of his 8 first half shot attempts while the team shot a pitiful 31%. Dion Waiters led all scorers at the half with 13 points off the bench. MCW led Philadelphia with 11 points, the only Sixer in double-figures, but he turned the ball over 5 times.
Neither team looked impressive offensively in the 3rd quarter. While the Sixers held Cleveland to 21 points in the quarter, they still trailed by 23 for the start of the final quarter. The 76ers made no improvement in the 4th and let the Cavs grow their lead even larger. The Sixer suffered through another bad lose at home, losing 114-85. The Sixers have lost the season series to Cleveland, 3-1.
The Sixers did not shoot well in any facet of the game. They ended with 36% from the floor, 23% from deep, and 67% from the foul line. On the other hand, Cleveland shot a respectable 46% FG and 85% FT. The Cavs finished with 61-44 edge in rebounding,
Both Carter-Williams and Thad Young scored 15 points for the Sixers. Young also grabbed 9 boards. Turner hit 3 of 14 from the floor for 11 points, but collected 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Wroten added 12 points off the bench while both James Anderson and Elliot Williams contributed 10 in the scoring column.
Tyler Zeller led all scorers with 18 points, and added 15 rebounds for Cleveland. Kyrie Irving, the MVP of the all-star game, scored 14 points and Tristan Thompson recorded 10 rebounds and 12 points. Deng and Waiters finished with 13.
The Sixers will have a few days off before welcoming the Mavericks (32-22) into the Wells Fargo Center on Friday.
By: Matt Ryan