Simmons shines as Sixers hang on to top Cavs

LeBron on matchup with Sixers'They've been playing some good ball

LeBron on matchup with Sixers'They've been playing some good ball

In their Friday night matchup against one another, the two did not disappoint as they put on a marvelous one-on-one battle to highlight a classic and cardiac duel between two Eastern Conference beasts that are in the thick of playoff positioning. "We are playing well". The All-Star center was at the game for the first time since he suffered a concussion and needed surgery to fix a fractured orbital bone.

"We just played our game, didn't let the hype bother us and we stuck together".

JJ Redick scored 28 points, Marco Belinelli contributed 23 and Ersan Ilyasova had 17 for the surging Sixers (49-30), who won their 13th straight game for the first time since the 1984-85 season.

Greg Monroe came off the bench and had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, as the Boston Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls 111-104. On the season, he is averaging 22.9 points, 11 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. James missed the second free throw and then misfired on the third on goal. "If you're down 30 in the postseason, that can lose you a series".

James can opt out of his contract this summer - he has a $35.6 option - with Cleveland and become a free agent. Three billboards, paid for by a Pennsylvania company, popped up recently in OH urging James to sign with the 76ers this summer.

Luckily for them, the Sixers finally caught up on offense. "It's always been kind of rowdy coming here".

James and Kevin Love showed they were more than capable of executing their late-game "touchdown" play, in which Love throws an inbounds pass from the baseline past the half-court line to a streaking James to catch and shoot.

Cavaliers: G Rodney Hood left with a sore left Achilles' tendon.

Taurean Prince scored 23 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and the Atlanta Hawks rallied to beat the Wizards 103-97 on Friday night.

"This was big, beating a team like that without an All-Star", Simmons said. The Pacers appear likely to finish in the No. 5 spot, as they sit two games back of No. 4 Cleveland and four games clear of No. 6 Miami.

The shoo-in for Rookie of the Year against the greatest player ever to play the game of basketball was the most dramatic part of it all, but there was so much more. You don't want to hang your hat on, 'OK, well, we can come back from deficits like that.' You want to try to play well, but we know what we're capable of as far as that.

"LeBron's the best of all time so I have to root for him obviously", said Mike Zazzera.

Cavaliers: Get a needed two days off before playing Monday at NY.

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