LeBron James throws down jam, stares down Sixers

Dean Simpson
April 8, 2018

Cavaliers and 76ers fans got a basketball doubleheader of sorts Friday night in Philadelphia.

Ben Simmons would finish with 27 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists as the Sixers would win their 13th straight.

James led a furious Cleveland comeback in the second half and finished with 44 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Knicks guard Damyean Dotson (3.0 ppg) got a month's worth of scoring Friday night, going off for 30 points - with 11 rebounds - in a 122-98 win over the Heat.

JJ Redick turned in a big night for the Sixers, draining a team-best 28 points. Whatever the reason, they were in a funk from the start - James even missed a dunk. The Hawks answered with 12-0 run and were up 99-93 after Prince hit a fade-away jumper in the paint with 54.5 seconds to play. He had a chance to tie the game when he was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 1.9 seconds left. Instead, he missed the second and intentionally clanked the third.


He scored 21 points in the third and hit successive 3-pointers in the fourth that helped pull Cleveland to 111-109. James stared down Ilyasova after the slam. Aside from maybe Shaquille O'Neal with the ball deep in the post in his prime, the last generation has not seen a player come close to the raw physical dominance that James unleashes on opponents, and he does it on the drive.

Jeff Green's 3 with 12 seconds left made it 128-127 and James made two free throws with 4.6 to go to cut it to 130-129.

Joel Embiid sports the impact of surgery to fix a fractured orbital bone. There is no timetable for Embiid's return.

Ben Simmons won an epic duel with LeBron James in Philly.

James can opt out of his contract this summer - he has a $35.6 option - with Cleveland and become a free agent. A lot can happen the next few days, but for now, Philadelphia holds the spot.


The most deluded among us are those who think the favorite in the Eastern Conference is anybody other than LeBron James. That's further incentive for the Sixers to win out and avoid a first-round match-up with the Pacers, who have given them fits this year and who feature versatile big man Myles Turner.

The only way the Sixers could have possibly rubbed it in more in the first half was if Iverson left his courtside seat and stepped over Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue just for old times' sake.

In fact, he's averaging a triple-double during said winning streak.

BOSTON - With Kyrie Irving ruled out for the rest of the season, the Celtics now have a clearer picture of what their roster will look like entering the postseason. Anthony Davis had 33 points and 11 boards in the Pelicans' second straight win since a four-game skid.

"He is unbelievable", Brown said. "For us to come all the way back it shows what we are capable of doing".


"We just played our game, didn't let the hype bother us and we stuck together". "It's going to be good for his long-term recovery", Brooks said.

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