Philadelphia 76ers: Jodie Meeks' 31 Leads 76ers to Regain Atlantic Division Lead

Professor BushCorrespondent IIIMarch 27, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 16: Jodie Meeks #20 and Evan Turner #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrate a play during the game against the Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center on March 16, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Heat won 84-78. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia 76ers broke the tie with the Boston Celtics to retake the lead in the Atlantic Division. The Sixers defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-85 Tuesday night.

The Sixers led by eight at the end of the first quarter and 14 at the end of the half. The Cavaliers never really mounted a serious threat.

Jodie Meeks, starting his second consecutive game in place of Andre Iguodala, led all scorers with 31 points. He shot a blazing 11-of-16 from the field, including seven of 10 treys, and played for almost 31 minutes of the first three quarters. Meeks had started for most of the year but recently was replaced by Evan Turner in the starting lineup.

Jrue Holiday had 19 points and six assists to join in the great showing by the Sixers' backcourt. The lack of Sixers play in the paint can be seen by their free throw total. The Sixers shot only five free throws during the entire game, while the Cavaliers shot 28.

The Cavaliers' scoring was pretty evenly distributed across their starters, with Anthony Parker leading with 14.

The Sixers need these next two upcoming games against the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks before the tough last month of the season begins.