LeBron James Salutes Embiid, Simmons On Instagram
- Author: Jill Young Mar 03, 2018,
Mar 03, 2018, 0:19
James, who said he was flattered by 3 billboards rented by a Pennsylvania company in the Cleveland area urging him to consider a move to the Sixers as a free agent next season, led all scorers with 30 points.
The loss snapped an 11-game win streak by the Wine & Gold over Philly - including the first two meetings this season. With 19 points in the first half, the king provided some razzle-dazzle for the hometown crowd at Quicken Loans Arena.
JJ Redick had 22 points to lead the 76ers and Australian rookie Simmons scored 18 points, nine rebounds and a team-high eight assists.
J.R. Smith, who is normally the starting shooting guard, was suspended just hours before the game for what the team is calling "conduct detrimental to the team".
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Rodney Hood started in place of Smith, who has struggled in his fourth season with the Cavs. Andrew Wiggins added 21 points for Minnesota.
Joel Embiid added 17 points, 14 rebounds and six assists for Philadelphia.
New addition Larry Nance Jr. looked particularly confused at the end of the third quarter, when he was meant to set a double-screen with Jeff Green to free up Jordan Clarkson near the buzzer.
On the night, the Cavaliers shot 41 percent from the floor and just 28 percent - 9-of-32 - from long-range.
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J.R. Smith is averaging his lowest scoring figure since his second season in the National Basketball Association. "We fought back but it's been a tough stretch for us playing every other day the last four weeks, but we've got to figure it out".
Throughout his National Basketball Association career, LeBron James has shown that he is not shy to be vocal on the court. "I thought Philly played well".
Lue, however, added that Smith is expected to return to practice on Friday and will be in the Cavs' line-up for their game against the Nuggets on Saturday.
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