DEFENSELESS SIXERS BOOED AT HOME AS WOEFUL CAVS KNOCK ‘EM OFF 121-112!

By Peter Gleason

Even in the NBA, a broken clock is right twice a day.

As in the Cleveland Cavs, who entered last night’s Sixers game with a 2-14 record.

Jordan Clarkson scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, Rodney Hood had 25, and Cavs stunned the Sixers 121-112, snapping the 76ers’ perfect home record.

Philadelphia entered as the NBA’s lone undefeated team at home at 10-0, while the Cavaliers were 0-8 on the road with the worst overall record in the league at 2-14.

Collin Sexton added 23 points, Cedi Osman scored 20, and Tristan Thompson had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who had lost three in a row, including Wednesday’s 109-105 home defeat to the Lakers in LeBron James’ return to Cleveland.

Joel Embiid had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers, who had won four in a row overall and 20 straights home games dating to March 13, a 101-98 defeat to Indiana.

The Sixers were booed late in the game.

“We had no spirit,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “We didn’t play defense in front of our home fans. We’re at home. That’s a game that you win.”

JJ Redick scored 23 points and Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler had 22 apiece for the 76ers. Simmons added 10 assists.

“It doesn’t feel good,” Embiid said. “We have to learn from it. They came here tonight to prove themselves.”

The Cavaliers slowly extended their one-point lead to start the fourth. Cleveland took leads of seven, eight, nine — on Harrison’s 3 — and 11 before increasing it to 12 on Clarkson’s 3 from the right wing with 3:50 left. The advantage eventually grew to 15 points on Clarkson’s layup with 1:48, when the outcome was no longer in doubt.

“Once he gets going, he’s tough to defend,” Drew said. “We count on him to bring instant offense, and he did tonight.”

The 76ers took their largest lead on Simmons’ layup that made it 79-74 with 2:53 left in the third quarter. The Cavaliers finished the period by scoring 10 of the final 14 points to enter the fourth up 84-83.

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