For the first time all season long, the 76ers gave its home crowd a win to celebrate. With the 95-92 win over the short-handed Cavaliers Monday night, the 76ers snapped a 14-game losing streak — the second longest home losing streak to start a season in NBA history.
The Cavs were without LeBron James and Kyrie Irving with injuries, and Dion Waiters who sat out due to a trade right before the game.
Waiters heads to the Thunder in a three-team trade that will also bring J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cavs from the Knicks.
With all the absent Cavs, Kevin Love stepped up to have a big game; he scored 28 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in the loss.
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"I just think it felt like we didn't have our firepower," Love said. "I've been there before, but we should have been able to pull this one out if we just would have played better."
The Cavs blew a 17-point lead as it missed 11 straight shots between the third and fourth quarter, and the 76ers took advantage of the tired Cavs to take a 93-92 lead with 9.1 seconds left after a Tony Wroten go-ahead layup.
Wroten finished the game with 20 points and eight assists, while Michael Carter-Williams completed a double-double with 18 points and 13 assists. As a team, the 76ers assisted 31 of 38 baskets on the night.
The 76ers now have a 5-28 record and will host the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night. The Cavaliers have lost six of eight, with a 19-16 record and will host the Rockets Wednesday night.