After an ugly loss to the Toronto Raptors on Monday, the Cleveland Cavaliers returned home and routed the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, 113-85.
This win was notable for the fact that a couple of players who have been struggling finally broke out and got hot, and one of them was Caris LeVert.
LeVert Was A Definite Stud
This has been a forgettable season thus far for the seven-year veteran, who came into Wednesday’s contest shooting just 35.7 percent from the field.
But against the Sixers, he was scorching, as he went 8-of-11 overall and 3-of-4 from 3-point range, giving him a team-high 22 points on the night.
LeVert also contributed six rebounds, four assists and one steal in 33 minutes.
It has been a struggle for head coach J.B. Bickerstaff to find a wing or two who he can count on night after night to give him above-average defense and accurate shooting, but on this night, LeVert fit the bill.
Joel Embiid Didn’t Play Up To His Usual Level
Embiid was Wednesday’s dud, as he shot only 6-of-16 and scored 19 points in 29 minutes, far under his season average of 31.1 points a game on 51.1 percent shooting.
Some of his struggles were caused by Evan Mobley, who was a stud himself.
Joel Embiid trying to score on Evan Mobley: pic.twitter.com/BSIHA8FmbX
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Mobley started at center in place of the injured Jarrett Allen, and he did a nice job defensively on the Cameroon native while scoring 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting himself in 24 minutes.