Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

At the Buzzer | Memorable Win Over Cavaliers Vaults Sixers into 3rd Place

At the Buzzer | Memorable Win Over Cavaliers Vaults Sixers into 3rd Place

The Australian rookie ultimately finished with 27 points, 15 rebounds, 13 assists and four steals as the hosts matched their best winning streak since the 1984-84 season to move above the Cavs to third in the Eastern Conference.

The Sixers (49-30) took third place in the Eastern Conference from the Cavaliers (49-31) with the win. MVP'ish (every season is more or less of that caliber for him), with 27.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 9.2 assists per game, when he's 33, playing nearly 38 minutes a night and carrying a team on his shoulders. Make sure to tune in at 7 PM ET and enjoy a matchup that has all the required ingredients for making it an instant classic with major impact on the present and the future of two major National Basketball Association franchises.

James did shoot 10 free throws on the night as part of his 33-point masterpiece, but he was hardly gifted generous calls down the stretch. Cleveland's final two games are both against the New York Knicks - on Monday at home and Wednesday on the road.

The injuries that are sinking the Boston Celtics ship this season might have more to do with the Toronto Raptors reaching the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history than with LeBron James carrying on with his streak of taking his teams there, now alive at 7, with number 8 a possibility.

JJ Redick turned in a big night for the Sixers, draining a team-best 28 points.

76ers: The 78 points were the most the Sixers had scored in any half since they had 80 on February 11, 1992, vs. Miami. Their point total set a Well Fargo Center record for the most points in the half.

Cleveland kept pushing and James' 3-pointer from the wing closed the gap to 111-107 slightly more than three minutes into the fourth quarter.

James was booed each time he touched the ball and signs were spotted in the stands that read "Keep Cryin' in Cleveland" and "We Don't Want You".

The Sixers clung to a 128-127 lead with 12.4 seconds left after Jeff Green's three-pointers.

The Cavs went on with it in the fourth quarter as the two teams exchanged runs, before James had a chance to tie the game up with 1.9 seconds left.

3-Point Goals-Cleveland 16-34 (Green 5-6, James 4-8, Love 3-6, Smith 2-4, Korver 1-2, Osman 1-8), Philadelphia 14-39 (Belinelli 6-12, Redick 4-11, Covington 2-6, Ilyasova 1-4, Saric 1-6). The Sixers shooting guard made a pair of foul shots to give his squad a three-point cushion.

Sixers' Twitter even seemed divided on how to handle James - boo him or woo him with kindness?

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