Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

National Basketball Association roundup: Sixers overcome LeBron, Cavs

National Basketball Association roundup: Sixers overcome LeBron, Cavs

Philly took the early two-point lead 36 seconds into the game on a layup by Ben Simmons, and the game may as well have been called right then and there, as Brett Brown's squad held that lead for the remainder of the game.

James, the three-time National Basketball Association champion and four-time Most Valuable Player, owns a US$35.6 million (RM139.3 million) player option if he decides to return to Cleveland next season and forego free agency this summer.

The Sixers didn't dominate at any point, but they were never truly threatened until late by the Cavaliers - who fell behind by eight points in the first quarter and couldn't get over the hump the rest of the way.

De'Aaron Fox finished with 21 points - including the game-tying basket - as the Sacramento Kings secured an 116-111 overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Zizic scored 15 points and had 13 rebounds in Wednesday's 96-93 victory for Canton against the Maine Red Claws.

Elsewhere, Isaiah Thomas scored a season-high 29 points, Julius Randle added 25 and the Los Angeles Lakers continued their surge by topping the Miami Heat 131-113.

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But his 25 points weren't close enough against a Lakers team untroubled by any defensive effort by Miami, who gave up the most points they have allowed this season. Smith is averaging 8.3 points a game in about 30 minutes a night and is a threat from three opponents must respect.

JJ Redick had 22 points to lead the 76ers and Australian rookie Simmons scored 18 points, nine rebounds and a team-high eight assists.

The Portland Trail Blazers, meanwhile, had to much firepower for the Minnesota Timberwolves, easing to a 108-99 victory.

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