Final: Sixers 91, Cavaliers 77
For a team not going to be involved in post season play, this was the perfect way to end the final home game of the season. The Sixers got out the gate early outscoring the Cavs 32-19 in the first quarter. It was obvious from early on that the Sixers would make a constant effort to make Kyrie Irving's night as difficult as possible. The Cavs star point guard faced double teams all game and only had 4 points on 6 field goal attempts. It was a complete team effort as the Sixers shut down the Cavs offense. Defense was the key to this game for the Sixers as the Cavs only managed to score 77 points.
When the front court players for the Sixers play well, they can play with any team in the league. Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young both made their presence felt all around the court, filling up the stat sheet in almost every category. Thaddeus had 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and was flying around the court with an endless amount of energy that we've been so accustomed to seeing. Spencer had 14 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assist and defended the rim well with 4 blocks today. Arnett Moultrie came off the bench and added 10 points and 6 rebounds in 24 minutes.
The Cavs aren't a great team, but the Sixers can handle the lesser teams in the league like this when they play to their potential. I'm sure Dr. J being in the building added some extra fuel to the fire for the team. The 1983 championship team was honored at halftime during the game and it was something special for everyone to see. Dr. J, Moses Malone and a few others were there for the celebration. These players were the reason the last time Philadelphia was on top of the basketball world and I'm positive it gave the team some inspiration.
The Sixers will wrap up the season on the road facing the Detroit Pistons Monday night. Much like the Cavaliers, the Pistons are a below .500 team but have some dangerous players that can really give the Sixers some issues if they aren't prepared. The Sixers have their first winning streak since March and if they can give a repeat performance of today, they can extend that streak.