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Sunday, November 18th
(All times eastern)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2-7) at Philadelphia 76ers (5-4), 6 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to stop a five-game slide
Sunday evening when they visit the Wells Fargo Center to meet the Philadelphia
The Cavs dropped their fifth straight Saturday. The Dallas Mavericks came to
town and walked out with a 103-95 victory thanks, in large part, to a 9-0 run
late that put the game away.
"We were making multiple efforts out there and we stuck with our defensive
principles, but they just were making shots," said Cavs guard Kyrie Irving.
"Every shot that they took at the end was either contested or a tough shot, so
you've just got to give credit to them."
Whatever the case, it's another Cleveland loss and another 100-point outburst
for the opponent. Since a season-opening victory over the Washington Wizards
on Oct. 30, the Cavaliers have surrendered 100 points or more in all eight
"The biggest thing is what we're doing on the defensive end is not carrying
over from practice to the game," admitted coach Byron Scott. "I thought for
three quarters it was okay, but in the fourth quarter they shot 59 percent.
That's pretty much the game."
Something will have to give on Sunday night.
The 76ers are the second-worst scoring team in the NBA, so will they be able
to get well against the bad Cavaliers defense, or will Cleveland show signs of
improvement versus a poor Sixers offense?
On Friday, the Sixers stopped a two-game home losing streak with a 99-93
victory over the Utah Jazz.
Before the game, Andrew Bynum, the centerpiece of a blockbuster summer trade,
announced that his left knee, the one that was supposedly healthier and not
causing him to miss time, had a "setback."
And the question remains for head coach Doug Collins, what do you do without
an All-Star in the middle?
"With Andrew Bynum not being able to play, Lavoy Allen and Kwame Brown are
essential for our team to have a chance of being a winning team," said coach
Doug Collins, stressing the word essential.
Allen had his best game of the season on Friday with 10 points and eight
rebounds in 29 minutes, while Brown didn't stuff the stat sheet, but helped
keep Al Jefferson, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter under their scoring
Jrue Holiday was spectacular for the 76ers, especially in the first half. He
finished with 26 points on 10-for-21 shooting and added seven assists.
Philadelphia has won five in a row against the Cavs, but Cleveland is 8-2 in
its last 10 in the City of Brotherly Love.
11/18 10:38:07 ET