76ers remain undefeated in James Harden era, take down Cavaliers 125-119
The Philadelphia 76ers managed to overcome a 21-point deficit tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers in South Philadelphia to secure a 125-119 victory.
The 76ers moved to 39-23 overall and remained a perfect 4-0 during the James Harden era post trade deadline. Tyrese Maxey led the way, continuing his hot-streak while recording his best game of the season.
Cleveland entered tonight without Caris LeVert, Collin Sexton, and Rajon Rondo, but still came out of the gates on fire. They started the game a perfect 9-for-9 from the floor, and shot great for the entirety of the game, shooting 54% from the field but unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough to stop a beautiful 76ers comeback win.
Every night it seems like this kid can’t get any better, but then he manages to somehow take another leap. Maxey was unstoppable the entire night, tying a season-high of 33 points while shooting 5-6 from beyond the arc. The duel between Maxey and Darius Garland was must-watch basketball.
Maxey Tonight: 33 PTS | 5 AST | 4 REB
Harden had his quietest night in a 76ers uniform so far, but like all great players, even the “off-nights” are still fantastic. The Beard finished second in scoring with 25 points, 11 of which came from the free-throw line. Alongside his scoring efforts, Harden also dished out 11 assists and had the play of the night, hitting a four-point-play.
The Beard. The Stepback.
One thing to keep an eye on was it seemed he hurt his wrist late in the game, so his status could be in doubt for tomorrow’s game against the Heat.
One of the biggest benefactors of the newly added playmaking of Harden has been the 76ers’ sharpshooting wing. Niang was on fire tonight, leading the bench with 17 points, and making five of his eight three-point attempts.
Philly’s perimeter scoring has been out of this world and hopefully, it can continue to remain that way, especially from players outside Embiid, Harden, and Maxey.
The Cavs were led by Garland, who scored 26 points while dishing out an insane 19 assists, playing 43 of 48 minutes on the night. Three of his teammates finished with over 20 points as well, but their scoring efforts weren’t enough.
The 76ers face a quick turnaround, traveling to face the Miami Heat tomorrow night at 8:00 PM.
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