A lot of teams that have an NBA Championship underneath their belt have a rare ability to turn things on whenever they need to do. The Cleveland Cavaliers proved that yet again on Sunday. The team defeated the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 112-108, as reported by ESPN.
The Cleveland Cavaliers received big games from their Big Three.
Another day, another triple-double for LeBron James. It has been a pretty good week for him. In addition to getting to spend time with his family for Thanksgiving, James also got to watch his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes defeat the Michigan Wolverines in one of the biggest rivalry games in all of sports. On Sunday, he gets to walk away with a big performance, another victory, and a smile. James put up 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists.
Kyrie Irving put up 39 points, while getting to the free throw line at ease. He also provided the Cleveland Cavaliers with an outside presence.
When Kevin Love first joined the Cleveland Cavaliers, he was a bit tentative because he wanted to see where he would fit in with the team. That phase appears to be something that is completely in the past now. Love has quietly been putting up numbers that are as impressive as they were when he was the franchise player of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Against the Philadelphia 76ers, Love put up 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Tristan Thompson continues to improve as a shot blocker, notching two against the Sixers. He also pulled down 12 rebounds.
J.R. Smith struggled with his shot, missing everything. The veteran shooting guard took 11 shots from the field, missing seven of them from beyond the three-point line.
There was not a lot of help from the bench, but the Cleveland Cavaliers did not need it because of how well Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, and Kevin Love played. Richard Jefferson was given 28 minutes off the bench by head coach Tyronn Lue, but he missed all but one of his shots.
Joel Embiid had another game that will put NBA fans on the edge of their seat while waiting for his minutes restriction to be lifted. He put up 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and three blocks. Despite being a center, Embiid also nailed three of his four attempts from beyond the arc. He has the potential to be something super special in the National Basketball Association.
Joel Embiid received some help from the other starters. Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, and Ersan Ilyasova all hit the double-digit mark in scoring. Robert Covington was one shot away from breaking that mark as well. Even with Embiid becoming the centerpiece of the offense, the Philadelphia 76ers are still going to need contributions from the other starters on a more consistent basis.
The team also received some help from the bench, with three players hitting the double digit mark as well. Dario Saric, Jahlil Okafor, and Nick Stauskas provided some much-needed scoring with the second unit. That enabled Philadelphia to have the lead through the first three quarters of the game. Their combined 35 points gave them a chance at winning the game until Kyrie Irving decided to blow up in the final quarter.
This makes it the third straight loss for the Philadelphia 76ers, putting them at the bottom of the Atlantic Division with the Brooklyn Nets. It would be a victory for the team if they could finish in fourth place by the end of the year.
On the flip side, the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently holding on to the top spot in the Central Division thanks to their four-game winning streak.
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