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July 25 2017, 08:39 | Van Peters
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However, the Sixers travelled to the Cleveland to play against Cavaliers.
Fortunately for them, they didn't need to.
LeBron James scored 34 points, Irving dropped 24 and Cleveland ended a turbulent and troublesome month with an easy 122-105 win over the injury-weakened 76ers on Friday night.
James added nine rebounds and six assists in just 30 minutes. That means that when he's been on the court, the Cavaliers are outscoring opponents by 4.7 points per 100 possessions. Cleveland's biggest fear should be if they have to play the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.
Love followed with a 3-pointer, and after IN called timeout, a heated Thompson stormed to the bench and shouted at James.
The Sixers arrived in Cleveland the same day the Cavaliers would lose their third straight game and fifth out of their last seven. With just over 8:30 left on the clock fans started to hit the exits because the Cavs already had their 48th win of the season in the bag and the starting 5 were resting comfortably on the bench after calling it a night.
Said James: "He was protecting me from getting shoved".
"I feel it's my time now". "It wasn't a dirty play on my end and I don't think it was dirty on his". Definitely, definitely just had to dig deep. With the NBA Playoffs just around the corner, the Cavs better get it in gear if they want to go back-to-back. J.R. Smith scored 18 points on six 3-pointers. Richaun Holmes had 25 points and eight rebounds as highly for Philadelphia 76ers' loss. "Our camaraderie didn't", James said of the hard month that saw them play 12 games on the road. Gobert could end up the league's defensive player of the year at the end of this season with averages of 12.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.
After scoring 26 points on Thursday, James now has 28,599 points in 1,055 regular-season games, spanning 14 seasons. I'm looking forward to seeing what he looks like after a summer in the weight room, and some added bulk up top and in his legs should help his percentages. Michael Jordan scored at least 10 points in an NBA-best 866 consecutive games.
Paul George led the Pacers with 28 points, while Jeff Teague added 19. George had scored all 13 of the Pacers' points for the second overtime at that moment. James tied it at 104 with a soft fadeaway with 1:01 left. Neither Love nor Irving played at all in the fourth quarter of a game in which the Cavaliers led by as many as 32. Miles poured in 11.
"We didn't make enough plays to win the game", Magic coach Frank Vogel told reporters after the loss.