Sixers Rip Irving-less Cavs

After losing two straight home games to the Spurs and Clippers, the Sixers (19-9) wanted no part of a three-game losing streak. And that was bad news for the short-handed Cavaliers (10-16).

Having his worst season to date, young guard Jrue Holiday is starting to get back on the right track.

Jrue Holiday scored 20 points as the Sixers rolled over the Cavs 99-84 on Saturday night. The Sixers had six players that scored double figures. Lou Williams scored 19 points and Thaddeus Young had 16. Elton Brand had 11 points while Jodie Meeks and Nikola Vucevic had 10 points apiece. The Sixers entered the game with six players averaging double figures and eight players scoring at least 9 points a game.

The two game-losing streak was a season-worst for the Sixers. As far as the players were concerned, a losing streak like this was unacceptable. Philadelphia’s head coach Doug Collins had no doubt in his mind that the Sixers would be able to rebound the two losses.

Cleveland, coming fresh off an OT loss to Milwaukee on Friday night, were entering this game without two of their top three scorers. Before the game, the Cavs announced that center Anderson Varejao was out indefinitely with a broken wrist. Rookie point guard Kyrie Irving would miss his third straight game with a concussion. With both Varejao and Irving on the bench for the entire game, Cavaliers coach Bryan Scott probably had a feeling that his team would be in for a tough night.

The Sixers haven’t lost three straight since April 2-6 of last season, and Philly made sure that wasn’t going to happen again. Philadelphia scored 12 straight after trailing 19-18 late in the fourth quarter. Lou Williams scored nine points in a big Sixers second quarter, in which they scored 37 points. The 76ers biggest lead in the game was 54-35 late in the second quarter.

Philadelphia took advantage of Irving and Varejao's absences, as six players scored 10+ points.

Both teams were coming off devastating losses, but Philadelphia was in a better state of recovery. On Friday night, the Sixers were hosting the Clippers and were leading for most of the game before Chris Paul hit a game-winner with 3.2 seconds left in the game, which ultimately sent the Sixers to a 78-77 loss. The Cavs had a chance to win their game against Milwaukee in regulation, but Cavaliers forward Antwan Jamison missed two free throws with 3 seconds left and the game tied. Cleveland lost 113-112 in OT.

After hosting many home games against competitive teams, the Sixers will now have to play 7 of 8 games on the road. The Sixers have played a league-high 18 games at home.

Cleveland has lost 10 of 14 and losing Anderson Varejao doesn’t help either. His backup, Semih Erden, was held scoreless and had four fouls but grabbed 13 rebounds. Varejao was averaging 11 points and 11.5 rebounds a game. Kyrie Irving, who hasn’t played since Tuesday, rode a stationary bike in his first physical activity since being diagnosed with a concussion on Wednesday. Irving, who is averaging 18 points a game, is unsure when he can practice and start playing basketball again.


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Author:Curran Aiyer

Studying Finance, Business Analytics, and International Business at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University with a minor in Spanish. Aspiring to change the world by driving education and the importance of staying informed. Looking to share my learnings and knowledge on behavioral economics and how that correlates with investing in yourself wisely. Originally from Philadelphia and trusting the process.

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