The Sixers picked up their 33rd win Sunday afternoon in their final home game of the season, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers handily, 91-77.
The Sixers led from start to finish on a day they honored the franchise’s last championship team, the 1982-83 squad. Julius Erving and Moses Malone highlighted those in attendance.
The Sixers shared the ball, totaling 27 assists on 38 made field goals. They held the Cavs to just 37 percent shooting.
The Sixers jumped on the Cavaliers from the opening tip. The Sixers, on average, were giving up 31 points in the first quarter over their last four games. On Sunday, however, they led 32-19 after the first 12 minutes, shooting 59 percent from the floor.
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Dorell Wright scored 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Jrue Holiday was just 6 of 17 from the field, but finished with 14 points. Thaddeus Young scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Former Episcopal Academy standout, Wayne Ellington, scored 12 points, as did former Sixer Marreese Speights.
The Sixers forced the Cavaliers into 18 turnovers and scored 21 points off those errors. They also outscored Cleveland 19-6 on the fastbreak.
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The Sixers’ defense slowed down All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving for the fourth time in his career. Irving averages 22.9 points, but was limited to four points and three assists. In the four games Irving has played against the Sixers, he is averaging 8.5 points -- the fewest against of the 29 teams Irving has played.
The second-year star played just 19 minutes and just 1:30 in the second half. He was 1 of 6 from the floor and finished with five personal fouls.
The Sixers will finish their season with two road games. They play at Detroit on Monday and at Indiana on Wednesday.
The Pistons are a riding a three-game winning streak and are 28-52 on the season. They are led in scoring by Greg Monroe, who averages 15.9 points to go with his team-best 9.5 rebounds. This is the third meeting between the two teams this season after splitting the first two games.