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Sixers finally able to solve Cavaliers curse

Sixers finally able to solve Cavaliers curse

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CLEVELAND — With a 108-97 victory Thursday night, the Sixers beat the Cavaliers for the first time since Jan. 5, 2015. That 11-game skid is over, as is their two-game losing streak on this road trip. 

The Sixers put together a balanced team effort to overcome 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists from LeBron James. 

JJ Redick bounced back from missing the game-winning three attempt in Miami to lead the team with 21 points. Joel Embiid posted a 17-point, 14-rebound double-double while Ben Simmons neared a triple-double with 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. 

The game didn’t end quietly. Jordan Clarkson was ejected with 12 seconds remaining after throwing the ball off Dario Saric’s back after Saric connected at the basket. It appeared Clarkson took exception to Saric scoring with 12.2 seconds left and the game locked up when he could have just dribbled.

The Sixers improved to 33-27. The Cavaliers dropped to 36-25. 

• Ersan Ilyasova made his second Sixers debut after signing with the team Wednesday. He came off the bench at power forward to post six points, two rebounds and two assists. There looked to be an easy adjustment for Ilyasova, who had played for the Sixers last season. 

“I’d be happy if he just replicated what he did when he was here the first time,” Sixers head coach Brett Brown said pregame. “He’s a wonderful teammate, he is a serious man, he is a prideful pro, and he can shoot.”

• James denied touring Philadelphia-area schools during the All-Star break on Thursday morning (see story), but that evening he created more buzz by wearing blue sneakers. Blue, of course, is one of the Sixers’ primary colors, not the Cavaliers (see story)

Simmons, who shares an agency with James, considered the high school rumors to be “random.”

“It was just funny because I mean he was on holiday and then he was at All-Star break,” Simmons said.

• Simmons said he aimed to improve across the box score from his previous games against James and the Cavaliers. Simmons was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for February shortly before the game. 

• All of the Sixers’ starters scored in double digits, including Robert Covington with a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double. The Cavaliers didn't get much offensive help from their starters. Cedi Osman, Tristan Thompson and George Hill combined for 19 points. Rodney Hood scored 11. 

• The Sixers committed 10 turnovers (12 points), well below their season average and a 180 from their recent missteps. 

• Up next: The Sixers will return to Philadelphia after the game to host the Hornets Friday night. They remain undefeated at the Wells Fargo Center in 2018.

Sixers Talk Podcast: Tom Haberstroh joins the pod to talk NBA free agency, draft

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Sixers Talk Podcast: Tom Haberstroh joins the pod to talk NBA free agency, draft

On this episode of Sixers Talk, Danny Pommells and Paul Hudrick are joined by NBC Sports national NBA insider Tom Haberstroh to talk about NBA free agency and the draft.

Tom talks about the Anthony Davis trade, the dysfunctional Rockets and weighs in on the #RunItBack discussion.

Do you trust Elton Brand and the Sixers to get the draft right? Danny is worried about the Sixers' recent track record while Paul is ready to stand on a table for one prospect.

Come for Danny's Kobe Bryant story and stay for the draft chatter.

2019 NBA Draft: Order of pick selection for Thursday night

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2019 NBA Draft: Order of pick selection for Thursday night

The 2019 NBA draft is upon and the Sixers currently hold five picks — one in the first round and four in the second. GM Elton Brand talked to the media Tuesday about the optionality that comes with having five picks and a few of the things the Sixers may be looking for in a prospect.

The top three picks in the draft seem pretty set, but with the Anthony Davis trade forcing the Lakers to send pick No. 4 to the Pelicans, things could get interesting. Who do David Griffin and company like? Will they move the pick for more picks or for a veteran player?

Here is the full draft order:

1. New Orleans 
2. Memphis
3. New York         
4. New Orleans (from Lakers)
5. Cleveland
6. Phoenix           
7. Chicago
8. Atlanta 
9. Washington
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
11. Minnesota
12. Charlotte         
13. Miami 
14. Boston (from Sacramento via Sixers)
15. Detroit 
16. Orlando           
17. Atlanta (from Brooklyn)          
18. Indiana            
19. San Antonio     
20. Boston (from Clippers via Memphis)
21. Oklahoma City
22. Boston
23. Memphis (from Utah)
24. Sixers
25. Portland
26. Cleveland (from Houston)
27. Brooklyn (from Denver)
28. Golden State 
29. San Antonio (from Toronto)
30. Milwaukee

Second round

31. Brooklyn (from New York via Sixers)
32. Phoenix 
33. Sixers (from Cleveland via Orlando and New York)
34. Sixers (from Chicago via Los Angeles Lakers)

35. Atlanta
36. Charlotte (from Washington via Orlando, Denver and Atlanta)
37. Dallas
38. Chicago (from Memphis)
39. New Orleans
40. Sacramento (from Minnesota via Portland and Cleveland)
41. Atlanta (from Los Angeles Lakers via Cleveland and Indiana)
42. Sixers (from Sacramento via Brooklyn and Milwaukee)
43. Minnesota (from Miami via Charlotte)
44. Atlanta (from Charlotte)
45. Detroit
46. Orlando (from Brooklyn via Memphis and Charlotte)
47. Sacramento (from Orlando via New York)
48. LA Clippers 
49. San Antonio
50. Indiana
51. Boston
52. Charlotte (from Oklahoma City)
53. Utah
54. Sixers
55. New York (from Houston)
56. LA Clippers (from Portland via Detroit and Orlando)
57. New Orleans (from Denver via Milwaukee)
58. Golden State
59. Toronto
60. Sacramento (from Milwaukee)

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