Thanks to a 3rd quarter power surge by Jrue Holiday, the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-87 Wednesday, further solidifying their hold on the 8th and final spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, NBA.com reports.
After a talk with Sixers coach Doug Collins, Holiday made five 3-pointers, and then went onto score 19 of his 24 points in the 3rd quarter, NBA.com reports. Andre Iguodala added 19 points to help the Sixers snap a 3 game losing streak, and keep a hold on the last playoff spot.
"Once he (Holiday) got it going, he was masterful," Sixers coach Doug Collins said. "He got upset. He thought he got hit a couple of times on drives. I've ordered some 'ticked off' cream for the rest of the year."
The Sixers will play their final four games of the regular season on the road, The Huff Post reports. They will play the Milwaukee Bucks, who lost to the Washington Wizards, 112-121 Wednesday, further crushing the Bucks' hopes of securing that 8th and final playoff spot, next week.
Cavs rookie, and likely NBA Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving scored 9 points in his first game back after missing 9 games due to a sprained shoulder, CBS Sports reports.
With 7:53 left in the 3rd quarter, Antwan Jamison scored, and the game was tied at 57.
Then, Jrue Holiday scored a 3-pointer, giving the 76ers a 62-59 lead. He then led the Sixers on a 24-2 run over a 5:21 period. Philadelphia scored an easy 19 in a row, The Huff Post reports.
Holiday went 6 of 6 on 3-pointers. Coach Doug Collins sat him during the entire 4th quarter as he wanted to rest his starters.
Cavs coach Byron Scott admitted he was a bit nervous about letting Kyrie Irving play, but the 20 year old insisted, and since he was cleared by doctors, Scott couldn't really say no.
"He's a competitor. He wants to play," Scott said. He said that he felt Irving was "rusty" in his first game back, but was happy with his performance overall.
With this win, Philadelphia has now won 5 straight over Cleveland.
The Sixers will end the regular season against the Detroit Pistons, who beat the Cavs by 39 Tuesday night, next Thursday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.