NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Philadelphia
(Wednesday, December 10th)
Final Score: Cleveland 101, Philadelphia 93
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - LeBron James scored 29 points and dished out five assists, as the Cleveland Cavaliers downed the Philadelphia 76ers, 101-93, at Wachovia Center in the front end of a home-and-home series.
The Cavaliers have now won 10 straight contests, with Wednesday's eight- point margin marking the closest game during the streak. Mo Williams added 27 points for Cleveland, which has won 18 of 19 since starting the season 1-2.
"It's always tough in this league to come off a back-to-back, especially with a running team like this," James said. "It's just the mindset that we have that we want to come out every night no matter whatever it is, we just try to win. Tonight, we took care of business."
Anderson Varejao provided 15 points, while Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Delonte West each had nine points in the win. The teams will meet Friday in Cleveland.
"We can do a good enough job (on defense) to win games," Ilgauskas said. "Obviously, it's not going to be the best. We're not a lock down type of team. I think we can make some strides in certain areas guarding the ball. I thought we did a good job of mixing up the zone and throwing them off key a little bit."
Andre Iguodala scored 27 points -- 21 in the first half -- for the Sixers, who have dropped five straight at home. Andre Miller contributed 22 points and eight assists, while Lou Williams tallied 22 points in the loss. Elton Brand, who missed the previous two games with a hamstring injury, was limited to six points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes.
"Again, that was another tough game," Sixers head coach Maurice Cheeks said. "I thought our first half was very good. I thought the third quarter was obviously the separation. It's always a separation point that we just have to eliminate to get over the hump to win games. We just have to do a better job of it."
Holding a two-point lead at halftime, the Cavs started the second half on a 9-0 run to take a 57-46 lead behind West's three-pointer. Cleveland outscored Philadelphia 36-19 in the third quarter to take a commanding 84-65 edge to the fourth.
The Sixers opened up the fourth on a 14-4 burst to cut the deficit to 88-79, and Miller's two free throws at the two minute mark pulled Philadelphia to within six.
Mo Williams hit a jumper to extend the lead back to eight, and Ben Wallace's put-back dunk made it a 10-point lead for Cleveland with just over a minute left.
Iguodala made it a six-point game with 37 seconds left, but Mo Williams made a couple free throws on the ensuing possession to go up eight and seal the victory.
Iguodala was 6-for-7 from the field in the first quarter for 12 points, as the Sixers held a 28-25 advantage heading into the second quarter.
A 15-1 run early in the second -- as James sat on the bench -- gave Cleveland a 40-30 edge. James came back into the game and Philadelphia promptly went on a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to three.
Cleveland went back up by nine on James' driving layup with a couple minutes left in the half, but the Sixers used a 9-2 run to finish off the frame to account for the 48-46 halftime score.
Cleveland guard Daniel Gibson will miss the next two weeks after spraining his left big toe in Tuesday's win over Toronto...The Cavaliers have beaten the Sixers five out of six times...Mo Williams is 47-of-49 this season on free throw attempts...The Sixers have lost seven of nine overall.
12/11 01:20:34 ET