Sunday, March 30, 2008

LeBron too much for Sixers

LeBron James proved to be too much for the Sixers to contain as he nearly singlehandedly led the Cavaliers to a 91-88 victory. James, who finished with 26 points, 9 boards and 9 assists, broke an 88-88 tie in the final seconds with a driving shot. Andre Iguodala missed a shot at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime. The loss likely ends any hope the Sixers had of climbing all the way up into the 4th seed in the East, but with Toronto also losing today, Philly will still be in the hunt to improve their playoff seeding.

James was dominant all game, as was his teammate Delonte West. West hit several key shots down the stretch, including two big threes to tie the game up in the fourth quarter. West finished with 18 points, 11 assists and 6 rebounds. For the Sixers, Andre Iguodala led them in scoring with 19, but Andre Miller had the better all around game, netting 16 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds and 5 steals.

The Sixers had several large leads in the game, but couldn't stop LeBron when the game was on the line. Their schedule lightens up this week, with a game against the Nets and two against the Hawks. The Sixers will need to stop this slide and make a quick turnaround if they want to avoid playing the Pistons in the first round. Judging by the way the Sixers couldn't slow LeBron down, it might be ideal if the Sixers finished with the 6th seed, where they can take a crack at Dwight Howard and the Magic. With 8 games left, the season definitely remains interesting for the Sixers.

Highlights of the game, from ESPN News:

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