Hey! We won!
In what was a very fun game to watch from start to finish, the Sixers held off the Cavaliers with a final score of 108-97 to improve to 33-27 on the year.
In a game that had a playoff feel to it, the Sixers came out firing early, hitting 5 three-pointers in the 1st quarter: 2 from JJ Redick, 2 from Robert Covington, and one from Amir Johnson. From there the Sixers never looked back as they fended off a late 4th quarter run to solidify a great road win against a premiere Eastern Conference team.
There were some fireworks at the end of the game:
- Joel hit a rainbow fadeaway at pointed at a heckling fan in the stands while showing off his form...
Joel Embiid's shot turned Chris Webber into some type of weird bird, apparently. pic.twitter.com/v9jPpFWCR8— Rob Tornoe (@RobTornoe) March 2, 2018
- Shortly after that, Dario Saric drilled a HUGE corner three and stared down the Cavs bench
- Simmons then reached deep into his bag and threw and inbounds pass off of Rodney Hood’s buttocks and soared in for a wide open dunk
- Then Dario took advantage of the Cavs lack of defense with under 10 seconds left and skied in for an easy two... which Jordan Clarkson did not take well, as he threw the ball off of Dario’s back, an action that got him ejected.
In the final three minutes of the game:— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) March 2, 2018
—Dario Saric mean mugged the bench after a made three
—Ben Simmons inbounded a ball off Rodney Hood
—Saric dunked for no real reason with the game out of reach pic.twitter.com/0RxJZyZFk5
Apart from the theatrics that went on, a lot of good came from this game, but the thing that not a lot of people are talking about, is that the Sixers only had 10 turnovers. 10! That’s really good! See what happens when they take care of the ball?
The defensive effort that the Sixers put forth was also very encouraging. They held the Cavs to under 100 points, as the Cavs shot 41% from the field, and just 28% from distance. Oh, and the Sixers only scored 18 3rd quarter points, which usually means the opposing team dropped like 40, but the Sixers held the Cavs to just 15 (!) in the 3rd quarter.
This game also marked the return of everyone’s favorite charge taker, Ersan Ilyasova.
Ersan finished with 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and provided some necessary floor spacing that allowed Joel Embiid to operate in the post.
Joel finished with 17 /17 and 6 assists. No word yet on if he will play tomorrow at home against the Hornets.
JJ Redick was high man for the Sixers with 22 points as he shot 4-7 from deep. He also added 2 rebounds and 2 assists.
Ben Simmons flirted with a triple double, as he ended with 18/9/8 including 2 steals and a block.
Joel Embiid was playing the game beyond the game too as the camera found him and LeBron James embracing several times, and sharing nothing but smiles.
lolll Embiid out here recruiting pic.twitter.com/bBwf6elnaC— Pettywise (@World_Wide_Wob) March 2, 2018
That win breaks the Sixers’ 13 game losing streak to the Cavs. Do you remember the last time the Sixers defeated the Cavaliers? Let’s take a trip down memory lane...
Next game is Friday at 7 against the Hornets at home.