Instant Reaction: Cleveland Cavaliers 114, Philadelphia 76ers 85

Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Final Outcome

The Cavs manhandled the floundering 76ers, 114 – 85, in a game that saw the Philadelphia fans booing the home team, and was definitely was not a treat to watch. Three separate Cavaliers (Tyler Zeller, Tristan Thompson, and Anthony Bennett) registered double-doubles, and seven Cavaliers scored in double figures. Dion Waiters was injured during the game following a HUGE dunk in the second quarter. While the Cavaliers totally dominated the 76ers, the results should be taken with a grain of salt, as the 76ers seemed to have no interest in playing defense, settled for jump shots they couldn’t make, and overall didn’t play like a team that wanted to win. It won’t always be this easy, but it was great to see the Cavs beat up on the teams that they should beat. It’s also notable that 29 points is the greatest margin of victory the Cavs have had since LeBron James left.

 Key Play of the Game

I typically don’t like to be wishy-washy about this category, and say that there wasn’t really a play of the game. But this game really was one-sided from the start, and no single play defined the outcome. An absolutely dreadful showing by the 76ers, who seemed to have no interest in playing defense, and who were completely outplayed for the entire game. If you wanted a moment in the game that could be key moving forward, it would definitely be Dion Waiters injuring himself following the dunk.

Wine & Gold MVP

I’m going to go with Tyler Zeller as the Cavs MVP. Aggressive from the outset, Zeller scored eight of the Cavs first 10 points, and finished with a stellar 18 points and 15 rebounds (a career high in boards). Posting a +23 while he was on the court, his impact on the game was evident, and he helped establish the Cavs dominance in the game from the start. It’s great to see this, especially from a guy that was getting almost no play time at the beginning of the season.

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Up next

The suddenly on-fire Cavs, who have now won five in a row, will look to continue their winning streak when they travel home to face Victor Oladipo and the Orlando Magic tomorrow.

Topics: Cleveland Cavaliers, Dion Waiters, Kyrie Irving, Tyler Zeller

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