Simmons injured as LeBron stars in Cavs win

SPORTSSixers' Ben Simmons struggles before leaving Cavs game with ankle injury	Email

The Philadelphia 76ers were hoping to make a statement this evening in perhaps their biggest game of the year against the high-powered Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers return to action for the second game of their back-to-back set on Tuesday against the Miami Heat, where they will look to win their ninth straight game. For the bench, Dwyane Wade finished with 15 points, Jeff Green managed a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Channing Frye tossed in 12 points.

James capped a 22-point half by chasing down his own missed 3-point attempt in the left corner and swishing a triple at the buzzer, giving Cleveland a 53-45 bulge at the break. "They have some great wins this year".

James poured in 15 points in the game's first six minutes, and Cleveland moved to a 29-22 lead at the end of the first quarter.

"He got us off to a good start, making the shots, being aggressive, attacking the basket and everyone kind of followed", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. "Teams have made runs, but we've been able to answer", James said. "We give them credit, but we go away feeling like this is not who we are". "I didn't expect this outcome, but we played well tonight". "Trying to figure out where we are as a team". "We're getting better defensively and offensively we're sharing the ball". "We want to keep getting better".

Joel Embiid countered with 30 points and 11 boards for the Sixers, who saw a three-game winning streak end.

If Simmons is forced to miss more time, T.J. McConnell will likely take over at point guard in a more traditional lineup for Philadelphia. Philadelphia got within five in the period, but the Cavaliers stretched the advantage to 86-73 entering the fourth.

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