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Friday, March 12, 2010

Cavs vs. 76ers, Game 66

CAVS (51-15) 100, PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (23-42) 95
at Wachovia Center
TV: Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs had just one turnover in the fourth quarter, as they outscored the Sixers, 22-16.

Forward LeBron James had a triumphant return after a two-game absence with 23 points, six rebounds and 10 assists for the Cavs. He recorded his 26th double-double on the season.

The Cavs had to scramble to hold off the Sixers. They were playing without center Shaquille O'Neal and forward Antawn Jamison. Jamison, however, should be back for the Boston game at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at The Q.

The Cavs swept the season series with the Sixers for the first time since the 1996-97 season. They’ve also won seven in a row in Philly.

They improved their league-leading road record to 23-11.

The Cavs might not have won if not for the contribution off the bench of forward Jamario Moon, who had nine points, four rebounds and a key 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. They outscored the Sixers off the bench, 44-20.

Guard Mo Williams had 21 points for the Cavs. He's averaging 19 points in his last two games after his horrible 3-for-17 shooting night in Milwaukee.

Delonte West added 17 points, including a key steal in the last minute. How well is he playing? If he continues to play at this level, the Cavs are going to be hard to beat.

NOTES - The Cavs have won 12 of the past 15 meetings against the Sixers. The Cavs haven't lost in Philly since Feb. 22, 2006.

-- Forward Leon Powe made his first start for the Cavs. He didn't score and didn't play very well. Coach Mike Brown didn't play him in either of the previous two games.

-- The Sixers had 66 points in the paint, the high for a Cavs' opponent this season. The Cavs came into the game ranked first in the NBA with 35.8 points allowed in the paint.

-- Happy birthday to Cavs announcer Austin Carr. He turned 62 on Wednesday.

SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Andre Iguodala (6-6, 207)
PF Leon Powe (6-8, 240) vs. Elton Brand (6-9, 254)
C J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Samuel Dalembert (6-11, 250)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Jrue Holiday (6-4, 180)
PG Mo Williams (6-1, 190) vs. Lou Williams (6-1, 175)
Cavs - F Antawn Jamison (stiffness in left knee), C Shaquille O'Neal (right thumb surgery), G Sebastian Telfair (ruptured groin) are out.
76ers - G/F Jason Kapono (sinus infection) is a game-time decision. F/C Francisco Elson (hernia surgery), G Allen Iverson (personal reasons), F/C Marreese Speights (right knee sprain) are out.
Ron Garretson, Brian Forte, Ed Malloy


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