The Cleveland Cavaliers did not come out looking all that great against the Philadelphia 76ers this evening at the Wells Fargo Center. They turned the ball over eight times in the first quarter, and trailed the young and frisky Sixers by 15 points at one point early in the second quarter.
In the end, everything was fine, as the Cavs pulled out a 107-100 victory. They actually led by 21 with less than five minutes to go in the game, but the Sixers never quit and rallied against the second unit to make it closer in the end.
We should probably get used to games like this. The Cavs started off sluggish, but ultimately their talent overwhelmed an inferior opponent. That will probably happen many more times this season, especially against the teams at the bottom of the East.
In most respects, it was a typical regular season game in early November, although it did have one piece of historical significance: LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 25,000 career points. He finished the game with 22 points and 11 assists in 33 minutes.
For those of you scoring at home, LeBron needs just 13,386 more points to pass the NBA's all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Mo Williams scored 21 points on an efficient 8-of-10 shooting performance, and Kevin Love had another solid game with 15 points and eight boards in just 29 minutes.
Sasha Kaun did not play in this one, because his wife just had a baby. J.R. Smith played five minutes before exiting the game with a knee contusion.
After making the short trip to Philadelphia, the Cavs will now make the short trip back to Cleveland, and host the Knicks on Wednesday night.