Cavs visit City of Brotherly Love
(Sports Network) – LeBron James and the streaking Cavaliers visit the
struggling Philadelphia 76ers tonight at the Wachovia Center.
James scored 26 points and handed out nine assists on Tuesday in a 105-92 win
over the Orlando Magic. James, who was named MVP of Sunday’s NBA All-Star
game, scored eight points in the fourth quarter to help the Cavs to their
third straight win and fifth in seven games.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas chipped in 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Sasha Pavlovic
posted a career-high 21 points for Cleveland, which beat Orlando for a sixth
The Cavs have won five in a row at home and improved their record to 12-4 with
Sasha in the starting lineup. Cleveland, which will host Washington before a
home-and-home series with Detroit, never trailed on Tuesday night and even had
an 18-point lead at one point.
Cleveland also is 11 games over .500 for the first time this season. The
Cavaliers are 12-14 as the visitor this season.
Meanwhile, the Sixers will be playing their first game since the All-Star
break. They were embarrassed, 117-84, by the Chicago Bulls last Thursday and
have dropped six of eight games overall.
Allen Iverson was the lone All-Star for the 76ers and had 12 points, two
assists and two rebounds in the mid-season contest.
Philadelphia has won five of the last six meetings with the Cavaliers,
including a 100-95 triumph in Cleveland on February 4th. The Cavs defeated
the 76ers by a 123-120 score in the first matchup of the season on November
The Sixers, who are 16-11 at home this season, have won 21 of the last 25
meetings in this series.