With a buzz in the city over the Sixers that hasn't been felt since the pre-Process days, they romped to a 30-point lead in the first half and scored 78 points at the break.
Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis also were on the list of players the Americans can choose from if they qualify for the 2019 Basketball World Cup and 2020 Olympics. "They've been playing some good ball". Down three, LeBron could tie the game up by making all three, but made one and missed the second.
In their Friday night matchup against one another, the two did not disappoint as they put on a marvelous one-on-one battle to highlight a classic and cardiac duel between two Eastern Conference beasts that are in the thick of playoff positioning. "We are a prideful team and the only way we could get back into the game was just try to be scrappy and play a little bit more physical, make some shots". "The speed of the game, the pace they play at, they really took advantage of that early".
"You add in Villanova, you add in the Eagles, obviously that helps as well", James said. A win takes them into third place.
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Guardiola then added: "You have to defend a little better in the second half, but it is football but". Lingering doubts over Aguero mean it is likely Gabriel Jesus will have a role to play.
"Coming on a back-to-back, we just weren't ready for the speed, the way they played", Lue said. His half court alley-oop to Richaun Holmes 3. James scored 35 points in the second half. The Cavaliers still have a chance to win it back, but with the Sixers' easy schedule finish, it may be hard for Cleveland to clinch the third seed.
The Australian rookie finished with 27 points, 15 rebounds, 13 assists and four steals. In five minutes, Cleveland shaved the lead from 23 to 10. Jeff Green of the Cavaliers scored 33, and a rejuvenated Kevin Love scored 17 points (3-6 from three) and grabbed nine boards. Inbounding with 3.3 seconds left, James got off a 3-point shot off a great inbounds pass that traveled two-thirds of the way downcourt, and Robert Covington fouled him as he released the shot with 1.9 seconds left. But before the 76ers could even think, "We did this without Joel Embiid", the Cavaliers roared back to win the second half, 75-54. Prince finished with 23 points before fouling out in the final minute.
Bogdan Bogdanovic connected on the winning basket with 1.5 seconds remaining to lift visiting Sacramento over Memphis as the Kings won for just the second time in the past seven games. There is also Ben Simmons, who in a few months should be named the 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year in a race that isn't especially close.
Friday night left the Philadelphia players and fans wanting more.