James has 30 points to lead Cavs in 113-91 rout of 76ers
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 28, 2017 10:48 AM
FILE - HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 9: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks the ball during the game against the Houston Rockets on November 9, 2017 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Aaron Bracy, Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — LeBron James had 30 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Philadelphia 76ers 113-91 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
The three-time defending Eastern Conference champions won their eighth straight game. Dwyane Wade scored 15 points, and Jeff Green had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Joel Embiid had 30 points and 11 rebounds to pace the up-and-coming 76ers, who had won three straight and 5-of-6.
James scored the first nine points on his way to 22 in the first half, helping Cleveland to a 53-45 lead by draining a triple in front of Cleveland's bench at the first-half buzzer.
The four-time MVP then had four points, including an emphatic dunk, and J.R. Smith hit three three-pointers early in the third as the Cavaliers took a 14-point lead. Philadelphia got within five in the period, but the Cavaliers stretched the advantage to 86-73 entering the fourth.
Kyle Korver's three-pointer with 9:13 to play gave Cleveland a 94-77 lead.
Philadelphia's Ben Simmons entered leading all rookies in scoring (18.5 points), rebounding (9.1) and assists (7.7), but he was hounded all game by Jae Crowder and managed just 10 points before exiting in the fourth quarter with a right ankle sprain. Simmons, who has turned to James for career and life advice, missed all of last season with a broken right foot.
Cavaliers: Iman Shumpert returned after missing the last three games due to left knee soreness. Shumpert was scoreless in seven minutes.
76ers: Eagles players LeGarrette Blount, Malcolm Jenkins and Brandon Graham were seated courtside, and several other players watched from a box. ... The 76ers were 3-for-28 from three-point range, including 0-for-11 in the opening half.
Cavaliers: Host the Heat on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
76ers: Close out a six-game homestand against Washington on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).