In the third quarter, LeBron scored 18 points of his game-high 31 points and took the Cavs from one point to down to up as many as 17. During his scoring burst, LeBron got - and mostly made - any shot he wanted. For that quarter - and for most of the second half - LeBron dictated the game. The Cavs won because LeBron dictated and dominated on Friday.
The Cavs needed LeBron to take over too. Without James - as well as Mo Williams - on the floor for stretches, the Cavs offense stagnated and struggled to score consistently. Partly due to the different lineups, the Cavs found themselves down at the half after struggling to close out the second quarter. After leading by as many as 10. Philadelphia went on a 13-2 run to the end the second quarter to take the lead going into the half. Once the Cavs took back the lead less than a minute into the second half, they wouldn't trail again.
The only scary moment of the night came when LeBron drove to the rim in the fourth quarter and appeared to take an elbow to his thigh from 76ers forward Nerlens Noel. After going down the door and being attended to by the Cavs' training staff, LeBron did get up under his own and remained in the game until exiting late in the fourth quarter.
LeBron also finished with 13 assists against the 76ers. Noel and Jahil Okafor co-lead Philadelphia with 18 points apiece.
The win gives Cleveland a 5-1 record on the season. The Cavs next play on Sunday vs. the Indiana Pacers. Tipoff for Cavs-Pacers is at 3:30 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena.