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 schedule.