City 6 Wrap: TU, Joe's, La Salle, Drexel All Win

City 6 Wrap: TU, Joe's, La Salle, Drexel All Win

With most city teams regularly in action on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and with just five weeks left until tournament time, we're going to start doing twice-weekly wraps to catch up with everyone in the City Six.

Temple, St. Joe's, La Salle and Drexel were all in action on Wednesday night, and all came away with a victory. We're still work-shopping how this is going to look, so expect these to evolve quite a bit over the next month as we get a better handle on it.

Game caps and look aheads after the jump...

Temple 78, Fordham 60
Despite some struggles early -- trading the lead with Fordham three times in the opening 11 minutes --  Temple would take an eight point lead into the locker room thanks to 16 first half points from Khalif Wyatt. Wyatt, who scored the Owls' first 10 points of the ballgame, finished with 24 on the night. It was his conference-high eighth performance of 20 or more this season.

Wyatt was bested only by backcourt mate Ramone Moore who scored 20 of his game-high 25 in the second half. Wednesday was the second time in the last two weeks that both Wyatt and Moore have scored 20 or more in the same game.

In his fourth game back from injury, Temple senior center Michael Eric set a new career-high in blocks with five in 14 minutes of play. Temple has not allowed more than 60 points to any opponent since his return.

The win advances the Owls to 16-5 on the season and 5-2 on the A10. It is the Owls season-high fifth straight win on the year. Temple's next game will see them on the road this Saturday at Rhode Island. They return to the Liacouras Center next Wednesday night to take on George Washington.

St. Joseph's 70, Richmond 60
The Hawks bounced back from their drubbing at Temple over the weekend to pick up a 10-point win over the Richmond Spiders on Wednesday night.

Five Hawks -- Carl Jones, Langston Galloway, Daryus Quarles, Ronald Roberts, Jr. and C.J. Aiken -- finished in double figures, with Jones leading the way with 16.

St. Joe's took only a two point lead into the break, but would jump out on an 13-3 run to secure themselves a comfortable lead for (most) of the rest of the ballgame.

The road win was key for an SJU team who played strong out of conference, but stumbled badly in the month of January. Since Dec. 28, the Hawks have won just four of their last 10. The win moves them to 14-9 on the season and 4-4 in the A10. They are next scheduled to meet A10 leader and Big 5 rival La Salle at the Palestra at 12 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

La Salle 85, Charlotte 72
Speaking of the Explorers, they cruised past the Charlotte 49ers on Wednesday night thanks to big nights from sophomore Tyreek Duren (22 points) and freshman Jerrell Wright (18 points). Two other Explorers -- Sam Mills and Earl Pettis -- would finish in double figures.

And so, the La Salle Explorers, picked in certain early season polls to be one of the worst teams in the Atlantic 10, are now 17-6 overall and 6-2 in conference play, a record which now puts them in sole share of first place in the A10.

The Explorers, as we mentioned, are due up for a meeting with the St. Joseph's Hawks this Saturday.

Drexel 61, Northeastern 53
Meanwhile, Bruiser Flint's Drexel Dragons keep winning basketball games. Their 61-53 win over Northeastern -- featuring a career-high 25 points from freshman Damien Lee -- moves them to 18-5 on the year and league best 10-2 in the CAA.

Are the Drexel Dragons the best team in the city? Who knows -- we lack head-to-head matchups to settle the debate.

Maybe we'll become those guys who start pounding the drum for a City 6 round robin.

Yeah, we can do that.

NBA Playoffs: LeBron James makes history as Cavaliers roll into Finals

NBA Playoffs: LeBron James makes history as Cavaliers roll into Finals

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BOSTON -- LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday night to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title and a return trip to the NBA Finals.

Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love finished with 15 for the Cavs, who never trailed and led by as many as 39 points in one of their most dominating wins of the series. The Cavs set an NBA record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity.

Cleveland's 4-1 series' win gives it a 12-1 record this postseason and sets up a third consecutive matchup with Western Conference champion Golden State, the team it beat in the Finals last season to claim the franchise's first championship.

It will mark the seventh straight trip to the Finals for James.

Avery Bradley led Boston with 23 points.

The Cavaliers basically conceded the East's top seed to the Celtics at the end of the regular season by opting to rest its starters in advance of the playoffs. But they displayed their superiority over the final two games to wrap up the series.

After allowing the Celtics to seize the early momentum in Game 4, the Cavs barely gave them the chance in Game 5.

Led by its Big Three, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates.

Love continued to knock down shots from the outside, Irving sliced his way into the lane to the rim and James got free for several of his one-handed, tomahawk dunks.

It was a very welcomed sight in Irving's case, after he rolled his left ankle in the third quarter of Cleveland's Game 4 win. He showed no signs of lingering issues, though, beating several defenders off the dribble and handing out seven assists.

Meanwhile, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver all helped spread out Boston's defenders by connecting on several wide-open scoring opportunities.

Deron Williams, who had been quiet for most of the series, also got in on the act with a series-best 14 points for Cleveland.

The Celtics did their best to keep up, but the consistent outside shooting, bench scoring and defense they relied on to stun Cleveland in Game 3 wasn't there Thursday night.

Tip-ins
Cavaliers: James has scored 30 or more points in 11 of Cleveland's 13 games this postseason. ... Improved to 36-5 against Eastern Conference opponents in the playoffs since 2015. ... The 43 points Cleveland scored in the first quarter set a team postseason record for points in a quarter.

Celtics: Injured point guard Isaiah Thomas led his teammates in a pregame huddle before they took the court for warmups. Thomas sat out the rest of the series after aggravating a hip injury in Game 2. ... Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing. ... Were whistled for 16 fouls in the first half.

Best of MLB: Solo homers power Cubs to win over Giants

Best of MLB: Solo homers power Cubs to win over Giants

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist hit solo homers, spot starter Eddie Butler pitched five effective innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 5-1 on Thursday for their third straight win.

Mike Montgomery followed with four scoreless innings and allowed one hit in his first save.

Heyward went deep for the second time in three games and Zobrist added two singles as the Cubs took three of four games in a set with the Giants and finished a homestand at 7-2 (see full recap).

Cruz blast helps Mariners top Nationals
WASHINGTON -- Nelson Cruz greeted reliever Jacob Turner with a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Thursday to stop a five-game losing streak.

Gio Gonzalez took a 2-0 lead into the sixth, when Jean Segura singled leading off and Guillermo Heredia took a called third strike. That prompted Seattle manager Scott Servais to complain from the dugout, which led to his ejection by plate umpire Adam Hamari.

Robinson Cano singled, and Washington manager Dusty Baker brought in Turner (2-3), despite Cruz having just one hit in 15 at-bats against Gonzalez. Cruz drove a belt-high slider over the fence in left-center for his 12th homer this season and a 3-2 lead. Cruz leads the AL with 40 RBIs.

Cano added an RBI single off Turner in the seventh. Seattle scored multiple runs for the first time since May 18 (see full recap).

Andriese, Rasmus help Rays blank Angels
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Matt Andriese allowed six hits over eight innings, Colby Rasmus drove in four runs and the Tampa Bay Rays salvaged a split of a four-game series with Los Angeles by beating the Angels 4-0 on Thursday.

Andriese (5-1) improved to 4-0 over his last five starts, holding the Angels to 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Los Angeles threatened in five innings against the right-hander.

Rasmus had a pair of key two-out hits with the bases loaded: a two-run single in the first and a fifth-inning double that made it 4-0.

Tommy Hunter got three outs to complete a six-hitter (see full recap).