Narrowing the deficit to just two points by the end of the third quarter, the Sixers would be unable to keep pace in the fourth. Cleveland outscored Philadelphia 33-24 in the fourth to come away victorious in the end 104-93.
Philadelphia was off all night shooting, as the Sixers shot just 35.2% (22.2% from three). The Sixers were led by big-man Spencer Hawes in the contest, as the center dropped 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. James Anderson added 17 points as well, and Thad Young scored 16. Local product Khalif Wyatt did not appear in the game (coach's decision), as the shooting guard continues to see sparing minutes in the preseason.
More important than the loss on the court in Ohio tonight was the one announced earlier today. Brett Brown announced it is likely Nerlens Noel will not see the court this season, saying "I doubt, everybody doubts that he's going to play this year." The loss will hurt, but in a season that is all but assured to be filled with losses, it is better to look to the future and be cautious with the promising rookie.
By: Kyle Babcock
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