Sixers hold off LeBron, Cavs for 13th straight win

LeBron James is considering joining the Houston Rockets

LeBron James is considering joining the Houston Rockets

The sellout crowd of 20,769 was charged up for a game in which the Sixers (49-30) moved into the No. 3 seed ahead of the Cavaliers (49-31) in the Eastern Conference.

The Sixers had a 121-116 lead as James crossed half court to start the play.

For the game, LeBron had 33 points, 14 assists, and nine rebounds.

Shooting guard Kyle Korver ignited the rally with a layup after catching a pass from small forward LeBron James while cutting to the hoop. All James had to do was hit the three freebies to force overtime. He made the first, missed the second and his intentional miss on the third failed to go in on a Cavs tip at the horn. As valiantly as James performed Friday, his stumbles at the line have been part of a pattern.

Chris Sheridan, formerly of ESPN and the Associated Press and who now writers for NJ.com, explained in a story posted Thursday why James will leave Cleveland again in free agency this summer.

What an absolutely thrilling game on Friday night between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Wells Fargo Center.

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"The No. 1 reason why this is going to happen is because the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise owner Dan Gilbert is a massive President Donald Trump supporter; and LeBron James is not", Sheridan writes.

"We dug ourselves that hole", James said after the loss.

Meanwhile, it's not all that surprising to see Philadelphia turn a trouncing into a knock 'em down, drag 'em out brawl. They've struggled against sub-par teams all year and while they should win, they'll have to struggle for it, especially coming off a tough game against the Cavs the night before. If they do what is needed, then their route back to the finals should be much easier. They are 7-3 this season when he starts.

If the Celtics face the Wizards, they will get a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference semifinals.

He dribbled through his legs and found Redick open on the right wing for a 3-pointer in the first quarter. The Sixers lost another game to Toronto after leading by 22 points.

The 76ers raced out to a 78-55 half-time lead and appeared on the way to a blowout, but, before the hosts could even think "We did this without Joel Embiid", the Cavaliers roared back to win the second half 75-54. He returned from his injury this past weekend and has played just two games getting in game-shape for the playoffs. In the aftermath of Kyrie Irving's season-ending surgery, it may also mean a second-round matchup with a depleted Celtics unit.

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