The Cavaliers extended their streak to three-straight wins over the Sixers, stemming back to last February. Philadelphia was out of rhythm early and out of gas in the 112-109 overtime loss. Doc Rivers credited Cleveland’s energy as a major reason why his team lost.
Doc Rivers believes #BeTheFight had so much more energy heading into overtime, said you could tell Cleveland wanted overtime and his team didn't. @FortyEightMins | #HereTheyCome pic.twitter.com/XR2omdUt6P
— Chris W. Crouse (@NBACrouse) February 28, 2021
Cleveland shot worse from the field and got to the line less than Philadelphia but what made up the difference was rebounding. The Cavaliers outrebounded Philadelphia 53-46, including five more offensive rebounds than the Sixers.
“We definitely didn’t have energy, Ben Simmons told FortyEightMinutes and other media in Philadelphia. “We’re really looking forward to that break.”
The team might have lost but Joel Embiid, who missed a fader at the end of regulation that would have won the game, played like an MVP, scoring 42 points on 22 field goal attempts.