Post Up: Sixers Run Past Cavaliers, De’Aaron Fox Performs in Clutch Time

Philadelphia never trailed in Cleveland, De'Aaron Fox hit a clutch bucket to send the Kings to overtime and Lonzo Ball earned high praise from his coach.
by March 02, 2018

Lakers 131 (27-34), Heat 113 (32-20)

Dwyane Wade followed up his game-winner against Philadelphia with his second-straight 20-point performance, dropping 25 points on 11-for-18 shooting, but it wasn’t enough as the Lakers’ offense shot 59.5 percent from the field and 55.2 percent from 3. Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points, Julius Randle had 25 and Brandon Ingram added 19. Lonzo Ball didn’t make a large difference as a scorer, but he earned high praise from Luke Walton for stuffing the stat sheet with eight points, seven assists, six rebounds, six steals and a team-best +27.

76ers 108 (33-27), Cavaliers (36-25)

The Sixers impressed the wide audience that tuned in for the nationally-televised game, but more importantly, impressed soon-to-be (potential) free agent LeBron James, a player that Philadelphia fans and Joel Embiid haven’t been hush about wanting to bring to Pennsylvania to “complete the process.”

The Sixers never trailed as all five starters scored double-digit points. Embiid notched 17 points, 14 rebounds and six assists while Ben Simmons flirted with a triple-double with 18 points, nine boards and eight assists.

James led the Cavs with 30 points, nine boards and eight assists.

Nets 111 (20-43), Kings 116 (19-43)

De’Aaron Fox may be a rookie, but he flashed the confidence of a seasoned veteran when he had the rock in his hands in the final seconds of regulation as he knocked down a floater at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. Fox finished the night with 21 points.

The victory prevented the Kings from overtaking the Magic for No. 1 in the NBA Draft Lottery standings.

Trail Blazers 108 (36-26), Timberwolves 99 (38-27)

Damian Lillard stole the show again in the fourth quarter as he finished the night with 35 points; on the other side, Karl-Anthony Towns scored 34 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. The difference-maker was Portland’s role player support as five others scored in double-digits.