Sixers Top Shorthanded Cavaliers

Antawn Jamison led the Cavaliers with 20 points in Saturday's loss at The Q.
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The Cavaliers have been scratching and clawing without injured starters for the better part of two weeks. On Saturday night, with news of the Wild Thing’s injury and the Atlantic Division-leading Sixers in town, they simply ran out of ammo.

Already down the starting backcourt of Kyrie Irving and Anthony Parker, the Cavaliers got word – just hours before Saturday’s contest – that Anderson Varejao would be on the shelf indefinitely after suffering a non-displaced fracture of his right wrist one night earlier against Milwaukee.

The bad news took the wind out of the Cavaliers – evidenced in the second quarter as the Sixers went on an 18-4 run to start the period, essentially putting the game on ice early. The Wine and Gold couldn’t cut Philly’s lead to single-digits in the third and didn’t get closer than 15 in the fourth.

“I kind of expected that just watching guys in the locker room when Andy was there,” said Coach Scott. “Like I told the guys, this is the NBA, guys get hurt. It provides opportunities for other guys and you just have to be ready to play. Hopefully, we’ll get over this little hangover tonight and be ready to play Wednesday.”

Coming off a 34-point performance one night earlier, Antawn Jamison led the Wine and Gold with 20 points on an even 8-for-16 shooting, adding eight boards before getting the fourth quarter off.

Ramon Sessions, getting his third straight start in place of Kyrie Irving – who suffered a concussion against Miami on Wednesday night – stayed strong with 19 points and a game-high eight assists.

“This is our fourth game in five nights, but no one is going to feel sorry for us,” said Sessions. “Losing Andy was tough, but the rest of the guys have to step up.”

The only other Cavalier to notch double-figures was Alonzo Gee, who came off the bench to tally 17 points and six boards, going 4-for-8 from the floor and 9-for-10 from the stripe.

Cleveland outrebounded the Sixers and matched them from the stripe, but the Cavaliers shot just 37 from the floor as a team while Philly boasted six double-figure scorers and got 50 points from their bench.

The Cavaliers get a couple days off before their homestand continues on Wednesday when they welcome the Pacers to The Q.

  • Saturday’s contest marked the Cavaliers’ first home-home back-to-back games since April, 2000.

  • Over his last three games, Ramon Sessions is averaging 12.3 assists per contest.

  • Antawn Jamison has been equally hot in the scoring column, averaging 26.5 ppg over the Cavaliers last four outings.

  • With Anderson Varejao’s injury, Semi Erden got his first start of the season in the pivot. The Turkish big man finished with three boards in just under 14 minutes of play.

  • Tristan Thompson grabbed eight more boards on Saturday night, giving him 21 since returning from a sprained ankle on Friday night.

  • With Byron Scott emptying his bench in the fourth quarter, the newest Cavalier, Ben Uzoh, got his first action in the wine and gold, finishing with two points, two assists and three boards in just over five minutes.