Collin Sexton scored 28 points on Thursday (AEDT) as the host Cleveland Cavaliers posted a 108-94 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, who lost three-time All-Star centre Joel Embiid to a shoulder injury.
Larry Nance jnr collected 13 points and a season-high 15 rebounds and Tristan Thompson had 14 and 13, respectively, as the Cavaliers posted their fourth win in five games.
Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid (centre) is squeezed between Cavs duo Ante Zizic (left) and Matthew Dellavedova.Credit:AP
Josh Richardson capped that surge with a three-pointer, and Shake Milton and Al Horford later connected from beyond the arc to cut the Cavaliers' lead to 85-80 with just more than nine minutes left in the game.
Thompson's alley-oop dunk and three-pointers by Love and Sexton highlighted a 16-6 surge to effectively put the game on ice.
Milton scored 20 points and Furkan Korkmaz added 14 for the 76ers, who have dropped seven in a row on the road to fall to 9-21 away from Philadelphia on the season.
Earlier, the NBA fined Embiid $US25,000 for making an obscene gesture on the court and using profanity during a live television interview. Those actions occurred during Philadelphia's 129-112 win over Atlanta on Monday, a game in which Embiid scored a career-high 49 points.
Cleveland centre Andre Drummond sat out Wednesday's game because of a strained left calf.
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