In one of the biggest games in recent Philadelphia history, the Sixers nearly squandered a 30-point lead, surviving a huge comeback from the Cleveland Cavaliers to squeak out a two-point victory, 132-130, a 13th win on the bounce. Anthony Davis had 33 points and 11 boards in the Pelicans' second straight win since a four-game skid.
Lue said he felt good in his second game back following a medical absence that cost him nine games.
Simmons had 27 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists and James, one of his mentors, had 44 points (17-of-29 shooting), 11 assists and 11 rebounds, bringing the Cavaliers to the brink of an epic comeback. "We've got pride and the way we tried to get back into the game was to be more scrappy", James said. Listen, we were down 30.
There has been plenty of speculation that LeBron James will leave the Cavaliers at the end of the current National Basketball Association season, but could Cleveland fans be left in the lurch because of The King's problem with the President. "We had our chances".
"He gets that look in his eye and puts his head down and goes to the basket", teammate Kyle Korver said.
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LeBron James split a pair of free throws to make it a one-point game with 52.9 seconds left, which was followed by a stop from the Cavaliers' defense. After missing the second, James purposely missed the third. "I don't even remember half of the wins we had early on in the season".
Toronto Raptors clinched the No.1 seed in the east after their 92-73 rout of the fifth-placed Indiana Pacers.
"You got to go through whoever it is anyway", Lue said, downplaying the significance of the implications if Cleveland stays at No. 4. Going into Boston with the new guys was a big win for us.
In Orlando, reserve Malik Monk scored 26 points, Frank Kaminsky added 21 and Charlotte routed the Magic.
The versatile, positionless lineup he went with meant sacrificing minutes for Cavs' big men Nance and Tristan Thompson - something that would be more hard to do if Philadelphia has center Joel Embiid healthy and on the court - but it was effective. And nothing against the surprising Indiana Pacers, who have recovered nicely from Paul George's departure, but it's the same for them.Beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in a postseason series requires a different level that neither team can reach.That leaves just two threats: Philadelphia and Toronto.Beyond everything else that happened Friday night - from LeBron James' latest masterpiece, to Jeff Green's best game, to missing two point guards for the second consecutive night, to getting exploited in transition on the second night of a back-to-back again and almost pulling off a miraculous comeback - the Cavaliers dropping to fourth in the conference was most significant.Cleveland has downplayed its desire to capture the third seed recently. "Hats off to them". L.A. trails eighth-place New Orleans by 2 1/2 games with just three to play. "If you're down 30 in the postseason, that can lose you a series".
While there is no timetable for Embiid's return, Sixers coach Brett Brown believes "there is a genuine excitement and belief that he will be back for us" for the playoffs.