All of those dramatics overshadowed the return of Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue, who had missed the previous nine games because of health issues.
"I don't have a quit bone in me, so if I'm on the floor I've got to try to make plays happen no matter what the score is", he said.
The Sixers built a 23-point halftime lead as Cleveland started off slowly, having played last night against Washington. He had 29 points, 11 boards and eight assists in the last two games and has been arguably Washington's best player versus Atlanta this season. Their revamped style, talented backcourt and young, potent bench will make them a tough out, especially when considering the true homecourt advantage (33-7) they will possess.The Sixers, who have won 13 straight, showed how risky they could be during Friday's win.Despite not having All-Star Joel Embiid, the Sixers sprinted past the Cavs in the first half, scoring 78 points and attacking Cleveland at every level.The second half was a different story. He also had a crucial stop on John Wall with the Cavs up by one with 21 seconds left.
"It's been like four seasons into one", James said.
"We just played our game, didn't let the hype bother us and we stuck together".
Paul scored 27 points to help Houston get its second straight victory since a loss to San Antonio. James could only split the pair to make it 117-115, but with the Wizards out of timeouts, Wall drove and threw the ball away. Wall then began a drive to the basket in the closing seconds before throwing the ball back to Osman, who was there for the steal.
James, who scored 13 during the final period led all scorers with a double-double, scoring 33 points and handing out 14 assists, while grabbing nine rebounds. Reserve Tyler Dorsey had 22 points, including 13 in the second half for the Hawks, who had lost two straight. "He was a big part of what we did here, a big part of winning the championship and even though he's on another team you still don't want to see anyone go through that", Lue said.
The Toronto Raptors clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 92-73 win against the Indiana Pacers, while the Minnesota Timberwolves toppled the Los Angeles Lakers 113-96 and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Phoenix Suns 122-103.
The Rockets led by 24 in the second quarter and still had a big lead with about five minutes left before the Trail Blazers went on a 19-2 run to tie it at 94-all with 6.1 seconds left.
LaVar Ball has already called it: If LeBron James wants to shut everybody's mouths and be considered the unanimous greatest player of all time, he needs to get a ring with all the teams he's ever played for, and he might be onto something, as it would be extremely hard to argue with that logic.