Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Evan Turner scored 19 points to lead four other teammates in double figures as the Philadelphia 76ers notched their second straight victory, defeating the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers, 86-79, Sunday at Wells Fargo Center.
Turner added nine assists and six rebounds while Jrue Holiday and Spencer Hawes contributed 14 points apiece for the 76ers (6-4). Hawes also had nine rebounds and four blocked shots.
Nick Young added 13 markers, making five of his six attempts, before leaving the game because of dizziness while Jason Richardson tallied 12 points and nine rebounds as the 76ers defeated the Cavaliers for the sixth straight time.
The Sixers shot 42.5 percent from the field and limited the Cleveland to 35.7 percent shooting. Philadelphia is 4-0 when holding opponents to 40 percent or less this season.
“The most important thing is we pull together through the grind. Camaraderie and chemistry is key,” said Turner, who buried eight of 12 shots and went 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
Alonzo Gee scored 17 points, Anderson Varejao had 14 points and 15 rebounds while Tristan Thompson added 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Cavaliers (2-8) struggled with their backcourt tandem of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters playing poorly.
Irving went 4-for-14 from the field to finish with nine points and four turnovers while Waiters shot 2-for-13 with five markers for the Cavaliers.
“We didn’t really get anything out of our starting guards tonight, which is something we need,” said Cavaliers coach Byron Scott.
Varejao buried a jumper to bring the Cavs within 56-55 before Holiday buried a jumper and Nick Young sank a free throw and a dunk to give the Sixers a 61-55 advantage.
Richardson scored five of the 76ers’ first seven points in the fourth period to increase their lead to 69-59 but Cleveland launched a 14-6 rally to trim the gap, 77-75.
Then, Turner and Hawes hit consecutive jumpers to extend the 76ers’ advantage to six with 3:01 remaining and it was all Philadelphia from there.