Cleveland Cavaliers tie a franchise record with 11 wins in a row the longest streak since 1993-'94 season, as their defense suffocates Philly whipping them 88-72 in a wigged out night at Quicken Loans Arena.
Cleveland now 2-0 in wig nights, as tonight was Ben Wallace fro night at the Q. The team chemistry was definitely on display as all the players came out with the wigs on during pregame warmups.
Philly scored 25 points in the first quarter and only 47 the rest of the game, as the Cavs' defense continues to shine as the staple of this team.
“The first quarter they did a good job of getting out and getting transition buckets,” said LeBron James. “That’s one thing you have to key on when you play Philadelphia. They try to speed the game up and try to get easy lay-ups and get easy buckets. Once we decided to commit to getting back, we completely shut them down.”
The 'Sixers jumped out to a 21-13 lead on the Cavs led by Willie Green scoring 11 of his team high 19 points in the quarter. The Cavs then clamped down on the defensive end and fought to tie the score at 25 after one quarter of play.
The Cavaliers didn’t shoot the ball well tonight, only 41 percent, but managed a 12-2 spurt to close the half leading 52-39.
James scored 16 of his game-high 28 points in the first half. Anderson Varejao making his first start of the season filling in for the injured Zydrunas Ilgauskas sitting out with a sprained ankle scored 13 of his 17 points at the break.
The third quarter was the LeBron and Delonte West show, as they scored all of the Cavs 17 points in the quarter.
The Cavs never looked back as they were able to extend their lead to 18 at 86-68 holding Philly scoreless in the fourth quarter over a five minute stretch.
West finished with 16 points and Mo Williams added 14. King James also had seven rebounds, seven assists, and three blocks.
The victory extended their home record to 13-0, the only undefeated team on their court. Also what’s impressive is the Cavs (20-3) now have won 19 out of their last 20 games. One bad fourth quarter in Detroit and we could be talking a 20-game streak.
The seven-game lead the Cavs have in the Central Division is the largest lead in franchise history.
“We should be proud of this,” said James. “But there’s a lot of work still to do. It’s a long season. We have to continue to get better and continue to work.”
Elton Brand of the 'Sixers (9-14) was held to 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting also had 11 boards. Andre Iguodala chipped in 16. Guard Lou Williams missed the game with the flu.
Besides Ilgauskas the Cavs were also missing the services of guard Daniel Gibson out for two weeks with a sprained toe.
The Cavaliers now head on the road for the next four games starting in Atlanta on Saturday seeking for a franchise record 12th win in a row.