Sixers beat Cavs, 125-119, continue 5 game-winning streak

The Sixers won their fifth straight in a huge conference matchup game last night versus the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning by the score of 125-119. This game displayed what a true team performance is supposed to look like, six of the ten guys that got in the game last night hit double digits in points. While the young superstar, Tyrese Maxey, led the team by tying his season-high of 33, and Harden was right by his side with 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Star Player:

Philly got off to a slow start last night, being down 21 points in the first quarter. Definitely not the greatest defensive display, letting up 43 points in the first quarter and Cleveland out-rebounding us by 11, good thing we have a spectacular offense to make up for this. Tyrese Maxey continues his amazing scoring performances, this is now his 19th game this season that he has put up 20 or more points, hoping to keep those numbers intact down the stretch of the season now that the postseason is creeping up on us. He also shot 10-15 from the field, while missing only one of his six three pointers, as well as going 8-9 at the line. Maxey is shooting just under 50% from the field and is ranked 9th in the league for 3-PT% this season, with a solid 38% from downtown.

Team Performance:

The newly acquired James Harden is continuing his electric showcase by grabbing a double-double and knocking down 11 of his 12 free throws. Since joining Philly, he is shooting 70% from three. I just love to see all of the commotion about Harden and Maxey playing together last night and we are yet to even mention the MVP front runner Joel Embiid who had 22 points, 5 assists, and 9 rebounds, the PPG league leader is having one historic season. Matisse Thybulle and Danny Green both had quiet nights, not scoring at all in the 17 minutes that they were both in. One player that is not the most talented on the team but surely knows what he has to do to contribute to this team and get the job done is George Niang, who had a great outing by scoring 17 points off the bench and hitting five of his eight shots from downtown. The trio of Embiid, Harden, and Maxey has been absolutely astounding to watch, in fact these three become the first trio in NBA history to have scored 20+ points in each of their first four games playing together, not to mention they are undefeated since they acquired Harden. Philly fans should be so proud of the team the Sixers have become.

Philadelphia hopes to continue their winning ways by rushing down to Miami to play the first place Heat tonight (March 5th) at 8 PM EST. This is one of the biggest games of the year for both teams, what's better than a 1st vs 2nd place game. The Sixers are just two games back of first place (one game in the loss column) and the Heat trying to solidify their one seed in the eastern conference, saying that this one is going to be a showdown in South Beach is an understatement. Tune in at NBC Sports Philadelphia @ 8PM to watch our Sixers take on the Miami Heat!


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