Entering Friday night in Cleveland, the Sixers had won five of their last nine games. Evan Turner’s 20 second half points lifted Philadelphia over the Cavaliers, who were without their two best players, Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varajeo, 97-87. While the Sixers are on a mini streak of their own, the Cavs are on a less impressive streak. They are losers of seven consecutive after Friday’s loss.
The Sixers have found a formula for success as of late. Winning the battle on the boards, better ball movement leading to better shots, and playing through Spencer Hawes, the facilitator. Hawes chipped in another double-double, finishing with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists. Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young also contributed in the win. Holiday added 20 points and 6 assists, while Young added 18 points of his own to go with 6 boards.
The turning point in the game was a 20-2 run that began at the end of the first half and continued after halftime. Evan Turner added 7 of his 23 points during the stretch. Turner was the unquestioned star for the Sixers against the Cavs, grabbing 13 rebounds to go along with his 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting.
Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats come to town on Saturday night. The Bobcats come in with a record of 17-55, 38 games under .500. Game time is 8:00 P.M. and will air on CSN.