Game 10: 76ers at Cavs
at Quicken Loans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs' shaky defense came through in flying colors and held the Sixers to 43 percent shooting, 36 percent in the second half.
They held guard Jrue Holiday to just 11 points, 18 fewer than he scored on Nov. 5.
Once again, forward J.J. Hickson appeared to be lost on the boards. He had two rebounds for the second game in a row. He sat for the last 18 minutes of the game and then ducked out of the locker room before the media was allowed to enter.
Coach Byron Scott is obviously trying to send him a message: Rebound or you'll sit. Scott said he was just trying to win the game and played veteran Antawn Jamison for 18 minutes in the second half.
Cavs center Anderson Varejao, the team's top overall defender, returned to the lineup wearing a flak jacket they got from the Cleveland Browns. He played 30 minutes in his return from a one-game absence with bruised ribs. He had nine points, five rebounds and one block.
The Cavs missed him desperately on the defensive end.
Guard Mo Williams, suffering from a strained groin, is inactive for the second consecutive game.
Coach Byron Scott is going to be extremely cautious with Williams.
Sixers guard Evan Turner, who has already lost more games with the Sixers (9) than he did last season at Ohio State, tied his career high with 16 points. He also had nine rebounds and four turnovers. He was 4 of 13 from the field, 1 of 3 from the 3-point line.
It was the first shot he's made this season from behind the arc. He's now 1 of 9 on the season.
SF Jamario Moon (6-8, 200) vs. Andres Nocioni (6-7, 225)
PF J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Elton Brand (6-9, 254)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. Spencer Hawes (7-1, 245)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Evan Turner (6-7, 205)
PG Ramon Sessions (6-3, 190) vs. Jrue Holiday (6-4, 180)
Cavs - G Mo Williams, F/C Samardo Samuels, G Christian Eyenga.
Sixers - F Craig Brackins, G Andre Iguodala.
Greg Willard, Nick Buchert, David Jones.