Cavaliers cruise past shorthanded 76ers 108-94

The Cavs improve to 17-41 this season

James Rapien
February 26, 2020 - 9:17 pm
Feb 26, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Furkan Korkmaz (30) defends Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kevin Porter Jr. (4) during the first half at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND, OH — The Cavaliers cruised past the shorthanded 76ers 108-94 on Wednesday night.

Cleveland led by as many as 20 points and never trailed in the victory.

Collin Sexton led the Cavs with 28 points. The second-year pro brought plenty of energy on defense. He impacted the game down the stretch with deflections and key rebounds.

“It was awesome. These last few games, somebody else somewhere has stepped up and tonight was Collin’s night," head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "They went on a run and he made two shots to put their run to a stop. That’s what he’s capable of. Collin is a rare guy where he can roll out of bed and get you 20 (points) and that’s not common in the NBA.”

Cleveland had six players finish in double-digits, including Tristan Thompson, who had 14 points and 13 rebounds.The Cavs held the 76ers to just 40 percent shooting from the floor, including 34 percent from 3-point range.

“Defense, defense, defense,” Larry Nance Jr. said. “J.B. (Bickerstaff) has been preaching that. Just energy and unselfishness. We’ve really been doing that on both ends, especially the defensive end."

The Cavaliers shot 52.6 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range. They also outrebounded Philadelphia 49-32.

The 76ers cut the Cavs' lead to five in the fourth quarter, but Sexton hit big shots down the stretch to put the game away. 

The Cavs overcame 18 turnovers. The 76ers only gave the ball away eight times. 

Matthew Dellavedova provided a spark off the bench, finishing with 12 points and two assists. He was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor. 

The Cavaliers improve to 17-41 on the season. They’ve won four of their last five games. Bickerstaff is 3-1 since taking over as head coach. 

Injury Update

Andre Drummond didn’t play on Wednesday night due to a calf strain. The two-time All-Star has been dealing with the injury since last week according to head coach J.B. Bickerstaff.

“He went and got it looked at today,” Bickerstaff said before the game. "He talked about it in Miami. I guess it tightened up on him so he couldn’t go tonight.”

The Cavaliers were also without Dante Exum, who sprained his ankle in Monday’s win over the Heat. Exum is expected to miss extended time.

The 76ers are also dealing with injury issues. Ben Simmons didn’t play against the Cavs and is expected to miss at least two weeks with a back injury. Things got worse in the first quarter when All-Star Joel Embiid got tangled up with Ante Zizic. Embiid suffered a sprained left shoulder and didn’t return. 

Up Next

The Cavaliers play Zion Williamson and the Pelicans in New Orleans on Friday at 8 p.m.