Zumoff and Rose recap a thrilling double-OT loss
Evan Turner scored a career-high 31 points in the Sixers' double-overtime loss in Cleveland. (USA Today Images)
Michael Carter-Williams joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history with 130-plus points and 50-plus assists in their first seven games. (ESPN/Elias)
CLEVELAND -- The first time the Sixers played back-to-back games this season, they came away with wins over the Wizards and Bulls. They arrived at Quicken Loans Arena Saturday having won the front end of their latest back-to-back situation.
The Cavaliers needed 58 minutes, but they prevented the Sixers from sweeping another back-to-back.
Kyrie Irving made a driving layup with 0.6 seconds left to lift the Cavs to the 127-125 win in double overtime.
Irving’s layup came after Michael Carter-Williams made an improbable three to tie the game with 11.3 seconds to play.
Evan Turner drove baseline in the first overtime and made a layup with 8.7 seconds to tie the game at 116-116 and force a second overtime.
That came after quickstep Thad Young's game-tying layup with 10.5 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Sixers led 85-75 heading into the fourth quarter only to get hit with an 11-2 Cavaliers run to start the final frame.
As expected, Andrew Bynum did not play; his knees are not healthy enough for him to play consecutive days.
The ninth lead change of the game came with 0.6 seconds left in the second overtime. Irving’s layup was the last of many great plays made at the Q on Saturday night. The game was also tied 11 times.
Follow the leader
Irving had a quiet scoring night in Philadelphia 24 hours earlier but he exploded in front of the hometown fans, especially in the fourth quarter when he scored 13 of his game-high 39 points
Dion Waiters, who hails from South Philadelphia, had just two points at the half before finishing with 24.
Turner scored 13 of his career-high 31 in the third quarter. Turner also made 11 of 13 free throws. Young finished with 29 points on 11-of-18 shooting
For a second straight night the Sixers dominated the third quarter. They outscored the Cavaliers, 37-22, turning a five-point deficit into a 10-point lead. The Sixers held the Cavaliers to 36-percent shooting while shooting 62 percent themselves. The Sixers turned the ball over only two times in the third quarter.
Take a bow
Friday night it was Tony Wroten who posted a career-high 18 points coming off the bench. Saturday night in Cleveland the spark off the bench came from Darius Morris, who made his first four field goal attempts to keep the Sixers at striking distance in the first half.
Morris finished with 12 points on 5 for 7 from the field, three points shy of his career-high 15 set against the Sixers last December.
The Sixers return home Monday to take on the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs, who sit atop the Western Conference with a 5-1 record, take their three-game winning streak to Madison Square Garden Sunday to play the Knicks. The Sixers will be seeing the veteran team on the second night of a back-to-back.
Monday night will be the first meeting between mentor and pupil -- Brett Brown spent the previous 10 years working under Gregg Popovich in various roles on the Spurs' staff.