Game Recap: Cleveland Cavaliers 102, Philadelphia 76ers 101

On Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Wells Fargo Center, the Philadelphia 76ers were defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers by a final score of 102-101.

The Philadelphia 76ers almost pulled off the impossible.

Down one point with 7.3 seconds remaining, the Sixers inbounded the ball from just over half court following a timeout. Gerald Henderson inbounded the ball to Robert Covington, who gave it back to Henderson, who unsuccessfully drove to the basket as time expired.

Despite what seemed to be a lot of contact, no foul was called and the Sixers fell to the Cavs by a final score of 102-101 in front of a packed house at the Wells Fargo Center.

Henderson was not pleased with the silent whistles at the game’s conclusion.

Joel Embiid did his best to keep the Sixers competitive throughout the game and finished with a team-high 22 points to go along with 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal on 7-of-13 shooting (4-for-4 on 3-pointers).

On the negative, Embiid also had a team-high six turnovers, three of which in crunch time, and had this to say after the game:

Ersan Ilyasova, who the Sixers traded for on Tuesday, finished with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting (4-for-6 from 3-point range). He also contributed four rebounds in the loss.

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Robert Covington is still trying to find his shooting rhythm this year and went just 1-for-10 on his shot attempts (1-for-9 from behind the arc).

Jahlil Okafor played well in just under 23 minutes, scoring 14 points with 5 rebounds and one steal while Sergio Rodriguez continued his strong season with 7 points and a team-high 11 assists.

The Cavaliers were led by LeBron James, who netted 25 points to go along with 14 assists and eight rebounds. Kevin Love notched a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Tristan Thompson scored 7 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.

During Saturday night’s contest, James passed former Houston Rockets great Hakeem Olajuwon on the NBA’s all-time scoring list and is now the 10th highest scorer in league history.

Despite James’ strong night, the game’s biggest play came at his expense, when Embiid blocked him from behind early in the first quarter.

It looked like it could’ve been whistled for goaltending, but the referee’s let it stand as a blocked shot.

Here’s another angle, just for good measure:

With the loss, the 76ers stay winless and drop to 0-5 on the year, while the Cavs improve to 6-0 and are the only undefeated team left in the NBA.

The Mavericks (0-5) and the Pelicans (0-6) are the only other teams in the league besides the Sixers that are yet to notch their first win.

Next up, the Sixers will host the Utah Jazz (3-3) on Monday night (Nov. 7), with the tipoff slated for 7 p.m.

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