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Friday, November 8, 7:00PM (EST) at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

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by Max Rappaport, Sixers.com
Posted: November 8, 2013

Friday night, the Sixers (3-2) host the Cavaliers (2-3) in the first game of a home-and-home series that will conclude Saturday in Cleveland. The games mark the first and second of four meetings between the two teams this season.

You Say Stop, and I Say Go, Go, Go…

The Cavaliers and Sixers have played a very different style of basketball so far this season. Through five games, the Cavs rank squarely in the middle of the pack in terms of offensive possessions per game (15th among 30 NBA teams), while ranking 20th in the league in fast break points per game and 27th in fast break efficiency.  

The Sixers, on the other hand trail only the Golden State Warriors (22.0) and Phoenix Suns (21.6) in transition points per game with 20.4. Philadelphia also ranks second in the league in offensive possessions per game and fourth in fast break efficiency. 

Overall, the Cavaliers rank 26th in the league in points scored per game this season at 90.6, while the Sixers rank eighth, averaging 104.4 points per game. Cleveland has scored in triple digits just once this season, while Philadelphia has failed to top 100 points just once.

Finishing Strong

In the fourth quarters of their five games thus far, the Sixers have outscored their opponents 140-104, while the Cavaliers have given up 123 points and scored just 98 in the final frames of their five games this season. 

Inside The Numbers: 5

Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams has begun his career with five consecutive games of double-digit scoring, making him the first Sixers rookie to do so since Jerry Stackhouse in 1995-96*. 

*Allen Iverson appeared poised to repeat the feat in 1996-97, having notched well over 10 points in each of his first four games, but early foul trouble in game number five (11/9/96 vs. Phoenix) kept him from doing so. He played just 26 minutes (the seventh-fewest he would play in any contest during his first five NBA seasons) in that game, scoring six points in a 112-95 win over the Suns.

Inside The Numbers: 17, 9, 55, & 86

Spencer Hawes currently leads all centers with 17 assists this season. He’s also tops in the league with nine three-pointers made (on 18 attempts). His 55 rebounds are good for fourth-best in the NBA, and his 86 points are good for third-best, one point shy of Houston center Dwight Howard’s 87.

Inside Practice