By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were looking to rebound after being crushed by the Nuggets on Tuesday night. They faced a game Cleveland Cavaliers team. They beat Philly in the previous two matchups. However, Philly crushed Cleveland tonight 114-94.
It did not look good early on for Philly. Forward Kevin Love put on a clinic from the three-point line. He three of his first three attempts from three. He scored 12 early points for the Cavs, and Philly had no answer for him early on. Cleveland was threatening to blow Philly out. Just when things looked dire for them guard Seth Curry came alive. He scored 16 of his 19-points by half-time and hit five threes.
Despite the offensive explosion from Curry, Cleveland stayed in the game thanks to a strong showing from Collin Sexton. He scored 19-points and while Philly did a good job keeping him relatively in check. He only hit six shots in the contest. He was effective in getting his teammates involved. The ball movement of the Cavs gave the Sixers some trouble. As they were able to attack the paint and retake the lead late in the third quarter.
Philly’s second unit was able to stop the offensive surge of Cleveland. As they scored 65-points and they were able to retake the lead late in the third quarter. Guard Shake Milton (27-points) and Dwight Howard (18-points) were two of the standouts in this game. They combined for 45-points. Milton found his stroke during this game he hit five threes and was able to get what he wanted from the field. He hit 80% of his field goals. Cleveland had no answers for him.
This was a particularly good showing for Philly, as they now head back to Philly for a two-game home stand against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday and the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. They will need another strong night on both sides of the ball, if they want to keep the shooters of the Timberwolves and Grizzlies in check. They also may get some reinforcements as center Joel Embiid may play on Saturday. The Sixers will update his status for the weekend series on Friday.
On the road trip, “Terrific road trip for us. It really was. Going 4-2, having Joel out, it’s a heck of a trip for us,” said Doc Rivers 76ers Head Coach.