LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers got off to a slow start Monday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, but recovered to hack out an easy 107-100 victory on the road for their third win of the season.
The 76ers led 32-18 after the first quarter thanks to good shooting from the 76ers’ starters. However, the Cavaliers made a run in the second quarter to cut down the lead to five points, 54-49 at halftime and went on to dominate Philadelphia after the break, grabbing the 82-72 at the end of the third quarter.
The 76ers never recovered as the Cavaliers cruised to the blowout win led by James’ near triple-double of 22 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists. He also added 4 steals and 2 blocked shots.
Other key Cavaliers in this one include Kevin Love (15 points and 8 rebounds) and Mo Williams (21 points on 8-of-10 field goals). Off the bench, Matthew Dellavedova and James Jones added 12 points each.
For the losing side, rookie big man Jahlil Okafor led the way with 24 points on 11-of-21 field goal shooting while Nerlens Noel added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
With the loss to the Cavaliers, the 76ers suffered their third straight loss to start the 2015-2016 regular season after blowout losses to the Boston Celtics (112-95) and Utah Jazz (99-71). Philadelphia faces the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday before a rematch with the Cavaliers in Cleveland Friday.
After losing to the Chicago Bulls (97-95) in their season opener, the Cavaliers are now on a three-game winning streak and will take on the New York Knicks Wednesday.