Andre Drummond dominated the game with 24 points and 14 rebounds, Collin Sexton added 22 points, Cedi Osman 14 points, Darius Garland 14 points, Larry Nance Jr. 13 points and Kevin Love return for 9 minutes playing time with 4 points and 3 rebounds to win 118-94 over Philadelphia 76ers.
Philadelphia struggled with Tobias Harris 16 points, Ben Simmons 15 points, Mike Scott 12 points, Dwight Howard 9 poionts, Seth Curry 8 points and Danny Green 4 points only.
“Our guys found a way to compete, they found a way to play hard and play together,” Bickerstaff said. “That’s the goal every single night.”
Drummond scored a team-high 24 points to go with 14 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three steals.
“It’s necessary,” JaVale McGee said of Drummond’s contributions. “We don’t get 3-0 if Dre isn’t playing the way he’s playing.”
Collin Sexton, the team’s leading scorer, added 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting. He also had three assists and three rebounds. Garland continued his second-year transformation with 14 points and seven assists. Cedi Osman matched that point total off the bench, hitting 5-of-8 from the field.
With the offense humming all night, the Cavs had five players score in double figures, 31 assists on 48 made shots, a 52.7% shooting night from the field and all 13 players that entered tallied at least two points. They also had 13 steals, six blocks and held the Sixers to 41.8% shooting, continuing their stunning defensive rise.
“A lot of the things that we’re doing now have been very surprising for me,” Drummond said. “Especially our defense and changing our entire scheme from what it was last year and with the addition of me and JaVale McGee, just making our jobs a lot easier and making the guard’s jobs a lot easier. Holding everyone accountable. Our defense is incredible. We are all on one string defensively and offensively we find great ways for guys to score and everybody is sharing the ball. It’s a lot of fun being out there.”
Over the last two years, the Cavs have been on the other side of these laughers, with the opponent having fun at their expense.