Notebook: 76ers 86, Cavaliers 79



Posted Nov 18, 2012 9:31 PM

By Andy Jasner, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Evan Turner scored 19 points and paced five Philadelphia players in double figures as the 76ers defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 86-79 Sunday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Jrue Holiday and Spencer Hawes contributed 14 points apiece and Nick Young had 13 before leaving in the fourth quarter because of dizziness. Jason Richardson also had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Alonzo Gee led the struggling Cavaliers (2-8) with 17 points. Anderson Varejao had 14 points and 15 rebounds while Tristan Thompson added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Cleveland has dropped six games in a row.

QUOTABLE: "The most important thing is we pull together through the grind. Camaraderie and chemistry is key."

-- Turner.

THE STAT: The Sixers held Cleveland to 35.7 percent shooting from the field, Why is that especially relevant? Well, the Sixers are 4-0 when holding opponents to 40 percent or less this season.

TURNING POINT: With the game still up for grabs and the Sixers holding a 75-73 lead, Turner and Hawes hit consecutive jumpers to extend their advantage to six with 3:01 remaining. From there, it was all Philadelphia.

HOT: Turner was 8-for-12 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. Additionally, Nick Young missed just one of his six shots.

NOT: Dion Waiters could never find his rhythm. He started 1-for-10 and wound up 2-for-13 for the Cavaliers. Kyrie Irving had an off night as well, going 4-for-14 with five turnovers.

QUOTABLE II: "I'm still waiting for that breakout game." -- Richardson, on the Sixers' shooting, which was considered a strength but hasn't been there on a consistent basis yet.

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Turner had 19 points, nine assists, six rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot. Hawes added 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots.

INSIDE THE ARENA: The announced crowd of 15,021 was energetic throughout on a rare Sunday night home game. When the Sixers broke open a close game in the final few minutes, the fans were fairly boisterous. After losing three in a row at home, this was their second consecutive win here.

QUOTABLE III: "We didn't really get anything out of our starting guards tonight, which is something we need." -- Cavaliers coach Byron Scott.

GOOD MOVE: Turner had the ball in his hands more often and did a great job of distributing to his teammates. When that happens, it takes the pressure off Holiday and allows the Sixers to play with a little more freedom.

BAD MOVE: Irving and Waiters needed to move the ball more, especially inside the low post and back out. Too often, they were going one-on-one and taking shots as the 24-second shot clock was about to expire.

ROOKIE WATCH: Waiters scored five points while forward-center Tyler Zeller added six points and seven rebounds. For the Sixers, forward Arnett Moultrie and guard Maalik Wayns didn't play.

NOTABLE: Young left the game in the fourth quarter with symptoms of dizziness. Young had knocked down five of his six shots before vacating. ... The Sixers have won six straight over the Cavaliers. ... Cleveland scored a season-low 79 points. ... The Sixers had 12 turnovers and are averaging nine over the past three games. ... Irving managed only nine points after not scoring below 15 points in any other game this season. ... Holiday has recorded seven or more assists in each of the past three games. ... Eight of Thompson's 13 rebounds came off the offensive glass.

NEXT: For the Cavaliers: Wednesday vs. Philadelphia, Friday @ Orlando, Saturday @ Miami. For the Sixers: Tuesday vs. Toronto, Wednesday @ Cleveland, Saturday vs. Oklahoma City.