Cavaliers Defeat 76ers

Cleveland Cavaliers' Darius Garland (10) drives past Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (21) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Collin Sexton scored 28 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers routed Philadelphia 108-94 on Wednesday night after 76ers center Joel Embiid left in the first quarter because of a sprained left shoulder.

The 76ers, already playing without All-Star guard Ben Simmons, never led against the team with the worst record in the Eastern Conference and fell to 9-21 on the road.

Embiid collided with Cavaliers center Ante Zizic while being fouled late in the first quarter. The 7-footer held his shoulder in obvious pain but stayed in the game and missed both free throws.

The Sixers pulled Embiid at the next time stoppage and he walked to the locker room while rubbing his shoulder. He briefly returned to the bench in the second quarter, but went back for more evaluation and treatment. At halftime, Embiid rejoined his teammates on the bench with a wrap on his injured shoulder.

Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Larry Nance Jr. had 13 points for Cleveland.

Shake Milton, who replaced Simmons in the starting lineup, scored 20 points.


HOUSTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 33 points, James Harden had 30 and Houston sailed past Memphis for its fifth straight win, 140-112 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

Harden say out the fourth quarter. Westbrook sat down for good with about six minutes left.

Dillon Brooks had 22 points for Memphis. They went 0-4 on their longest trip of the season.


HEAT 126

MIAMI (AP) — Jordan McLaughlin’s layup with just under nine seconds left put Minnesota ahead for good, D’Angelo Russell led all scorers with 27 points and the Timberwolves added to Miami’s late-season stagger.

Malik Beasley scored 21 points, Juancho Hernangomez tied a season-high with 17 and McLaughlin added 13 for Minnesota. The Timberwolves were down by 12 with 3:59 left, then closed on a 20-5 run to get just their second victory in 20 games.


NETS 106

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerome Robinson hit a 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left to lift Washington past Brooklyn.

After Robinson gave Washington a 108-106 lead, Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie missed a 3-point attempt and Robinson added two free throws as Washington won after squandeing an 18-point lead.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 30 points after consecutive games of 53 and 55 points.

MAGIC 130, HAWKS 120

ATLANTA (AP) — Evan Fournier scored 28 points, Aaron Gordon added 25 and Orlando pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Atlanta,

Solidifying their hold on the final playoff spot in the East, the Magic put away the Hawks with a 14-5 spurt after Trae Young’s drive cut Orlando’s lead to five with 6:20 remaining.

Young had 37 points.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Terry Rozier scored 26 points and Charlotte handed New York its fifth straight loss.

The slumping Devonte Graham returned from a team-mandated night off to add 21 points.

Julius Randle had 18 points and nine rebounds for New York.


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