Simmons triple-double in LeBron showdown

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Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers talk after the game on March 1, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Actually, there were a lot more than two things that we learned, but the biggest takeaway from the Sixers' 48-minute thrill ride against the Cavaliers is that if it had been a 49-minute thrill ride they would not have won. But this says a whole about the Sixers and one playmaker in particular. You're trying to figure it and trying to stay sane.

Coach Brett Brown said he kept in touch with Embiid through FaceTime and remained optimistic the big man would be a factor in the playoffs.

The 21-year-old Melbourne-born Rookie of the Year favourite said he was chasing James' mantle as the best player in the world. Jaylen Brown finished with a career-high 32 points as the Celtics stopped a two-game slide. "I want our guys playing with a swagger. But it's always been kind of rowdy coming here".

The 76ers stormed out to a 30-point lead in the first half and had 78 points by intermission before LeBron James heated up.

Lue came back to a familiar situation as the Cavs, who have endured injuries for months, were missing point guards Jose Calderon (hamstring) and George Hill (ankle).

The 6-foot-10 Simmons wowed the crowd with several plays in the first two quarters that brought fans out of their seats in excitement.

All said, Philadelphia dropped 41 points in the first quarter to open up a 13-point lead.

Simmons threw a lob pass from half court to Richaun Holmes for a high-flying dunk.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Donovan Mitchell scored 19 points, Rudy Gobert had 15 point and 10 rebounds and Utah beat Los Angeles for its fourth straight victory.

Jimmy Butler returned from right knee surgery and scored 18 points, while teammate Jeff Teague furnished 25 points and eight assists in Minnesota's 113-96 victory over the Lakers.

76ers The 78 points were the most the Sixers had scored in any half since they had 80 on February 11, 1992, vs. Miami.

The Pelicans led by double digits throughout the entire fourth quarter. With 1.9 seconds remaining, Robert Covington fouled James on the wing as he turned to launch an off-balance triple off the dribble. "For us to come all the way back it shows what we are capable of doing".

Redick made a pair of 3-pointers in the final four minutes. The Sixers might give the Cavaliers problems on a number of levels, but the team has a head coach used to 60 losses a season and nearly nobody on the roster with postseason playing time. Maybe in his final season with the Miami Heat, which included playing a #1 seed Indiana Pacers in the conference finals, and his first year with the Heat, when Miami faced Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls; a Bulls team that swept the Heat in the regular season, and had the best record in the National Basketball Association. G Jose Calderon (left hamstring) did not play.

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