Instant Replay: Sixers 94, Cavaliers 79

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Instant Replay: Sixers 94, Cavaliers 79

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The Sixers stuck to their early-season script on Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers with one important wrinkle.

The Sixers fell behind yet again in the first quarter before roaring back to secure a 94-79 win over the Cavs. The Sixers improved their record to 4-2 with the victory.

There was a distinct difference in the club’s defense in this game, as the Sixers held their opponents to under 100 points for the first time this season. They also allowed the Cavs to shoot just 33.3 percent from the field and recorded eight blocks in the matchup.

Andrew Bynum got a Philadelphia welcome throughout the 18 minutes he played in his return to the Wells Fargo Center, hearing boos and various chants. Bynum finished with four points and five rebounds.

Turning point
The Sixers outscored the Cavaliers, 33-19, in the third quarter to lead by 16 heading into the final 12 minutes. They shot 58 percent from the floor in the third, while holding the Cavs to 30 percent shooting. The Sixers committed just two turnovers in that period.

Follow the leader
Evan Turner continues to lead the Sixers’ offensive charge. He entered Friday night averaging 22.2 points shooting 55.1 percent from the floor.

Turner scored 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting against the Cavs. He had his first double-double of the season by adding 10 rebounds. A year ago, Turner had 14 double-doubles for the season.

Thaddeus Young had a terrific bounce-back game. After struggling Wednesday night against the Wizards, Young scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Stat-egic
Kyrie Irving has the capability of taking over a game and he went relatively unnoticed Friday night.

The All-Star point guard came into the game averaging 18 points and seven assists. Irving scored just 10 points and dished out nine assists in Friday’s loss.

Take a bow
Tony Wroten had scored double figures in four of five games before facing the Cavs. He kept that solid play going Friday by scoring 18 points in the game with 13 coming in the first half.

Wroten played 21 minutes in the win. A year ago, Wroten appeared in 35 games for Memphis and only played more than 20 minutes twice.

What’s next?
The Sixers and Cavaliers will face off again on Saturday night in Cleveland.

The Cavaliers have won their only two home games thus far. Meanwhile, the Sixers have played just once away from the Wells Fargo Center, a win over the Wizards in Washington.

Ben Simmons, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot headline Sixers' summer league roster

Ben Simmons, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot headline Sixers' summer league roster

The Sixers set their roster for the upcoming summer leagues in Utah and Las Vegas. The squad is compiled of incoming rookies, returning roster players and free agents. 

First overall pick Ben Simmons will headline the roster. Twenty-fourth pick Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will also play for the Sixers. Twenty-sixth pick Furkan Korkmaz is not going to participate. 

T.J. McConnell, Richaun Holmes and Christian Wood, who played for the Sixers last season, will play. The only other player with NBA experience is James Nunnally. He played for the Sixers and Hawks during the 2013-14 season.

The roster is rounded out by Bryon Allen, Javon McCrea, Alex Caruso, Maodo Lo, James Webb III, Kwame Vaughn, Levi Randolph, Shawn Long and Tomasz Gielo. Caruso, Gielo, Lo, Long, and Webb III worked out for the Sixers before the draft. 

The Sixers will begin summer league action on July 4 in Utah at 7 p.m. against the Celtics. The next day they face San Antonio at 5 p.m., and on Thursday they play the Jazz at 9 p.m. All will be live on TCN and re-aired on CSN.

Assistant coaches Billy Lange will coach the Utah squad and Lloyd Pierce will coach in Las Vegas. 

The roster:

• Bryon Allen, guard, George Mason
• Alex Caruso, guard, Texas A&M
• Tomasz Gielo, forward, Mississippi
• Richaun Holmes, forward, Bowling Green
• Maodo Lo, guard, Columbia 
• Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, guard, France
• Javon McCrea, forward, Buffalo
• T.J. McConnell, guard, Arizona
• James Nunnally, forward, UC Santa Barbara
• Shawn Long, forward, Louisiana Lafayette
• Levi Randolph, guard, Alabama
• Ben Simmons, forward, LSU
• Kwame Vaughn, guard, Cal State Fullterton
• James Webb III, forward, Boise State
• Christian Wood, forward, UNLV

Source: Sixers to sign veteran point guard Jerryd Bayless

Source: Sixers to sign veteran point guard Jerryd Bayless

The Sixers have been in need of a veteran point guard, and it looks like they have found one on the first day of free agency.

A league source confirmed the Sixers have reached a deal to sign guard Jerryd Bayless. According to the Associated Press, the deal is worth $27 million over three years.  

Bayless, 27, is entering his ninth NBA season. Last season, he played for the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 10.4 points, 3.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 28.9 minutes per game. Bayless shot 42.3 percent from the field and a career-high 43.7 percent from three. He ranked fifth in the NBA in three-point shooting percentage last season.

The point guard role is unique for the Sixers. First overall pick Ben Simmons can play point-forward. While the Sixers will start him out at the four spot, eventually he will assume some point guard responsibilities as he develops in the NBA. Bayless is a good fit for this situation because he doesn't need to dominate the ball. He also gives the Sixers versatility in the backcourt with his ability to shoot. 

The Sixers have struggled to find consistency at this position. Last season, they went through a pool of point guards before trading for Ish Smith in December. That acquisition wasn’t meant as a long-term solution, and Smith reportedly agreed to a three-year deal with the Pistons on Friday (see story).

The Sixers will be Bayless' seventh team. He previously played for the Trail Blazers, Pelicans, Raptors, Grizzlies, Celtics and Bucks. Bayless was the 11th overall pick in the 2008 draft.

When Bayless played in Toronto in 2010-11 and 2011-12, Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo was the Raptors' president and general manager. This is Colangelo's first free-agent signing with the Sixers. 

Source: Sixers to hire former head coach Jim O'Brien as assistant

Source: Sixers to hire former head coach Jim O'Brien as assistant

The Sixers are going to hire former head coach Jim O'Brien as an assistant coach on Brett Brown's staff, a league source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com's Jessica Camerato. 

FOX29's Howard Eskin was the first to report the hire. 

O'Brien, 64, was the Sixers' head coach back in 2004-05, when he led the team to a 43-39 record. He was the Celtics' head coach from 2000-2004 and the Pacers' head coach from 2007-2011. In his nine years as an NBA head coach, he has a 303-327 record. 

O'Brien, who is from Philadelphia and went to Roman Catholic, last coached in the NBA as an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks in 2012-13.