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Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers put size advantage to work in big road win over Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Philadelphia 76ers put a halt to their struggles on the road, cruising to a comfortable 114-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Philly had dropped their past five road games and five of their past seven on total, using their overwhelming size to suffocate the Cavs on both ends.

Tobias Harris led them in scoring with 27 points on 12-of-14 shooting after his recent struggles, with five other teammates finishing in double figures.

The 76ers set the tone early, racing out to a 68-44 half-time lead, shooting a scorching 67 percent from the field, led by Joel Embiid, who scored all 14 of his points in the first half.

The big man only played 23 minutes on the night, with the 76ers fast start allowing him to rest in the second half, a blueprint they will want to see more of to assist managing his minutes through the season.

Philly scored 58 of their points in the paint, with Ben Simmons continually probing the Cavs defence - he finished with a season-high 11 assists on the night, none better than this full court touchdown to Harris.

Simmons took advantage of his matchup with Cedi Osman, who struggled to stay in front of the Aussie, who used his size and speed to get into the paint, finding open teammates as the Cavs scrambled on defence.

He was just as devastating on the defensive end, recording two of Philly's 11 blocks on the night to go with his 10 points, 11 assists and four rebounds.

Simmons, Horford and Harris recorded two blocks each, while Embiid, Josh Richardson and Furkan Korkmaz had one each.

"Their size really bothered us, where if we doubled or just getting Embiid at the rim and trying to play with that type of size was difficult," Cavs coach John Beilin said post-game.

Philly recorded a season-high 33 assists on 46 made field goals, with Harris (five assists) and Al Horford (seven assists) crisply passing out of double-teams and facilitating the 76ers inside-out attack.

For Harris, tonight's performance was a welcome return to form after going 4-of-17 in their previous matchup with the Cavs. With Simmons and Embiid on the bench down the stretch, Harris was the go-to guy, scoring eight of his 27 points in the fourth quarter.

"He was our bell-ringer tonight," 76ers coach Brett Brown said post-game. "When you're looking up and you're up 25 points going into the fourth, I don't want to play Joel and I really don't want to play Ben Simmons.

"To Cleveland's credit, they cut it to 17…15 and we went to Tobias two or three times in a row. I think he personally went on an 8-0 run and kind of moved the game away from that danger zone that it felt like it was getting to.

"You're always nervous about playing the heavyweights minutes in a game that you think you should close out. He came in and sure made it a lot easier to justify the decision to not go with Joel, as an example in the fourth period."

For the Cavs, Collin Sexton led them in scoring with 17 points, while Jordan Clarkson added 17 off the bench. Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love added 12 apiece.

The 76ers will look to pick up another road win against the New York Knicks at MSG, before returning home for their next two games.

Nine of their next 12 games will be at Wells Fargo Center, where they are still unbeaten (4-0) this season.

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