NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Philadelphia
(Friday, March 12th)
Final Score: Cleveland 100, Philadelphia 95
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - LeBron James ended with 23 points and Mo Williams chipped in 21, as Cleveland pulled out a tough 100-95 decision over the Philadelphia 76ers.
James, who missed the previous two games due to a mildly sprained right ankle, also handed out 10 assists and grabbed six rebounds for the Cavaliers, who went 1-1 in his absence.
Delonte West scored 17 points, while fellow reserve Anderson Varejao had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs, who have won eight of their last nine games.
"We executed defensively the right way," said Cleveland coach Mike Brown. "LeBron did a nice job trying to attack to get to the free throw line down the stretch. More importantly, defensively, we got stops at the right time."
Andre Iguodala posted 30 points, seven boards and five assists for the Sixers, who have dropped eight of nine. Elton Brand contributed 24 points and nine rebounds, and Thaddeus Young added 15 points in the loss.
"I hate to harp on it, but they win a lot of ball games and we don't," said Brand. "They know how to get the key players the ball at key times."
Philadelphia led 85-80 early stages of the fourth quarter, but Cleveland scored 11 of the next 13 points, as James ended the run with a highlight-reel alley-oop dunk and a 1-for-2 effort at the foul line.
It was still a four-point game in favor of the Cavs before Young went 1-for-2 at the stripe with 1:28 to play for a 98-95 game.
Iguodala turned the ball over on the next Sixers possession, but Philly got the ball back with 24.1 seconds left after a missed three from Jamario Moon.
After a timeout, Sixers rookie Jrue Holiday was forced into an ill-advised pass along the baseline. West was the recipient of the easy steal and hit two free throws with 18.6 left for a 100-95 lead.
Iguodala missed two three-pointers the next time down the end the game.
A dunk-filled first quarter ended with Cleveland holding a 36-34 lead.
The Cavs, who have already clinched a playoff spot, led 61-57 at halftime before watching the Sixers end the third quarter on a 10-2 run. Brand's jumper beat the buzzer to put the hosts on top 79-78.
Cleveland has won seven in a row at the Wachovia Center...Samuel Dalembert had nine points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers, who shot 2-of-15 from three-point range...Cleveland made 10-of-31 from long distance...Cavs forward Antawn Jamison did not make the trip to Philly after suffering a left knee injury on Monday.
03/13 01:54:41 ET