The Sixers scored 78 in the first half and led the Cavs by 23 at the break behind 13 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists from Simmons.
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) April 6, 2018
Then LeBron James and his team got going.
The Cavs began the second half with three straight threes and won the third quarter 43-27. James scored 19 in the period.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) April 7, 2018
Then the fourth quarter happened. James scored 16, while Simmons had eight points and three assists. It was tight down the stretch as neither star nor team relented. And despite the loss, you have to appreciate the dunk, then the stare-down from James:
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) April 7, 2018
Final stat lines:
Simmons: 27 points, 15 rebounds, 13 assists, four steals
James: 44 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists
With the win, the Sixers have overtaken the Cavs for the 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. They lead Cleveland by half a game with three to play.
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