Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Jeremy Pargo exploded for a career-high 28 points and Anderson Varejao racked up 10 points and 19 boards as the Cleveland Cavaliers (3-8) snapped a six-game losing streak with a 92-83 win over the Philadelphia 76ers (7-5) Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.
With starting point guard Kyrie Irving sitting for quite some time due to a broken hand, the Cavs leaned on second-year guard Jeremy Pargo to run their offense.
Pargo took the opportunity by the horn and surprised everybody, including his teammates and coach, as he enjoyed a career-night to help the Cavs beat the up-and-coming Sixers on their home floor.
The Cavs’ offense ran like a well-oiled machine for the first time since the opening week, racing to a 28-15 first quarter lead and foiling every rally thrown at them by the Sixers down the stretch.
Varejao once again was a monster on the boards, while Dion Waiters delivered 16 markers for the Cavs, who shot 40 percent from the field and hounded the Sixers to just 36 percent shooting.
Jrue Holiday and Jason Richardson scored 16 points apiece and Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young recorded double-doubles in a losing effort.