The Sixers would face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night in a bid to end a losing two-game skid. They would also be looking to secure their first victory against this Cavs team, as they had won the previous two clashes.
Behind a strong performance from the supporting cast, the Sixers would claim a resounding victory. They would beat the Cavs by a final score of 114-94 and finish 4-2 on that one-season road trip.
Shake Milton would end up being the star of the night for the Sixers. He would reverse a few punches early and never look back. Ultimately, he would have a record 27 points in just 27 minutes of action.
What stands out the most about Milton’s performance is his three-point shot. His shot has been up and down all season, but he would find the beach in this one. Milton noticed the step with confidence everywhere in shots beyond the arc. He would end the game with five trebles in just seven attempts.
Another Sixer who would catch fire in this game is Seth Curry. He would also come out and hit five threes en route to become the team’s second-leading scorer with 19 points. During this recent series of games, Curry has been less reluctant to pass up the beauty and it would pay off against the Cavs.
Dwight Howard struggled on this road trip but would put in a great performance to end things in style. He would rack up a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.
He made his mistakes in both games against the LA teams, but Howard reminded everyone tonight how much of an impact he can make when he’s locked up.
Lack of energy was a key area that hurt the Sixers in their last game against Denver, and they wouldn’t make the same mistake twice against the Cavaliers. The defense effort in this game compared to their last game would be a night and a day all around. As a team, they would grab 11 interceptions and block eight shots.
What was most impressive about this win was that they did it even with below average nights of Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris. Harris would finish with just 12 points in 15 minutes of action, having to sit down much of this game due to foul issues. Simmons was aggressive from the start but would struggle to drop his shots. He would end the night shooting 2-11 with five points.
With the win, the Sixers improve to 33-15 on the year and win five of their last seven games. They are still half a game away from the Brooklyn Nets for the Eastern Conference seed.
Going forward, the team will return to Philly for a clash against the Minnesota Timberwolves. We could also potentially see Joel Embiid make his triumphant return to training.