Cavaliers’ dominating shooting performance defeated the Sixers 113-85

December 4, 2022

In a Wednesday game between two injury-riddled teams, the Cleveland Cavaliers thrashed the visiting Philadelphia 76ers, 113-85, behind the scorching shooting of Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland, who combined for 21 points and nine assists.

Caris LeVert came off the bench to fill the void left by Jarrett Allen’s third straight game-ending back injury, Lamar Stevens’ illness, and Kevin Love’s thumb fracture. LeVert finished with a game-high 22 points. Isaac Okoro scored 11 points, and center Evan Mobley contributed 16 points and eight rebounds.

Cleveland finished November by increasing their record at home to 9-1 for the year; they will play 10 of their next 13 games at home in December. Eight of those victories were by double digits.

Joel Embiid, the Sixers’ best player, led the team with 19 points on just six of his 16 field goal attempts. Embiid scored 30 points in a victory over Atlanta on Monday before being restricted to 13 points below his season average on Wednesday. Embiid missed four games because of a left mid-foot sprain.

Shake Milton, who had 14 points, was the only other player for Philadelphia to reach double digits. For the Sixers, who saw their three-game winning streak end, Tobias Harris was limited to three points and made just one of his seven field goal attempts. Tyrese Maxey and James Harden, two injured Philadelphia starters, did not play again.

Before Wednesday, Philadelphia’s largest losing margin was 10 points.

The Cavaliers countered the Sixers’ early 9-2 advantage with 14 points. After the first quarter, the Cavaliers had a 25-21 advantage before going on a blistering run.

The Cavaliers made 16 of their 17 field goal attempts, including a flawless 5-for-5 from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers accelerated to a 69-48 halftime advantage thanks to the second quarter’s 94.1 percent shooting. Cleveland made a season-high 60.8 percent of its shots for the game, making 44 of 74 total attempts.

Early in the third quarter, Cleveland’s hot shooting continued as they increased their advantage to 32 points, 80-48, on Garland’s finger roll with 7:53 remaining in the frame. Just before the end of the 3rd quarter, LeVert connected with Cedi Osman for a flawless reverse layup that gave the Cavaliers a 90-66 lead going into the fourth.

Allen, Stevens, and Love were not in the starting lineup for Cleveland, which had ten different starting lineups overall. Forward Mamadi Diakite started his first season on February 5, 2022, when he played for Oklahoma City. In 23 minutes, he scored six points.

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