Ben Simmons out here carving up the Cavaliers

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And nothing against the surprising Indiana Pacers, who have recovered nicely from Paul George's departure, but it's the same for them.Beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in a postseason series requires a different level that neither team can reach.That leaves just two threats: Philadelphia and Toronto.Beyond everything else that happened Friday night - from LeBron James' latest masterpiece, to Jeff Green's best game, to missing two point guards for the second consecutive night, to getting exploited in transition on the second night of a back-to-back again and almost pulling off a miraculous comeback - the Cavaliers dropping to fourth in the conference was most significant.Cleveland has downplayed its desire to capture the third seed recently. James could have tied the game with 1.9 seconds left. The Sixers also extended their win streak to 13 games.

The Sixers (49-30) took third place in the Eastern Conference from the Cavaliers (49-31) with the win.

"It's a real feeling", Brown said. That made this game a tremendous learning experience. "What I feel more than anything is there is a genuine excitement and belief that he will be back for us".

James led a furious Cleveland comeback in the second half and finished with 44 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

However, his minutes per game since then has dropped to 14, 10 and finally six on Friday night.

Last meeting: The Wizards won 110-103 in Cleveland on February 22.

The Cavaliers trailed the Wizards by 17 points with 7:35 to go on Thursday night.

"I already knew that on the play before that when I drove on LeBron that I wasn't gonna get a call, so why put myself in that position? I want them playing free".

More speculation has emerged that "King James" will choose to play in the 'City of Brotherly Love'. Fans booed whenever he touched the ball. "It started with A.I. (Allen Iverson), the days in between after A.I. when they weren't that good to now", James said. They could provide the biggest threat to a higher seeded team in the playoffs.

Loss officially takes Pistons out of playoff picture
Philadelphia was up 65-49 at halftime, and the margin didn't reach single digits again until the waning moments of the fourth. Pistons power forward Blake Griffin sat out for the third straight game with a bone bruise in his right ankle.

Obviously, most of this reports come out of mere speculation, but with this one being a true possibility, we actually believe he should go ahead and do exactly so, and we're going to let you know the 5 main reasons why he should leave Cleveland. "But it's always been kind of rowdy coming here".

The 21-year-old Melbourne-born Rookie of the Year favourite said he was chasing James' mantle as the best player in the world. "I love talking the game, so I don't think of it being a problem at all".

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

Ben Simmons scored 27 points and had 15 rebounds, 13 assists and four steals for the Sixers.

In the long run, Philadelphia's pattern of diminishing focus in the second half will be an issue for them in the postseason.

To maintain the third seed, Cleveland will have to win out. He slowly dribbled toward Sixers forward Robert Covington before getting help from a Kyle Korver pick.

Pistons 113, Mavericks 106, OT: Reggie Jackson scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and Detroit beat Dallas.

The Boston Celtics' chances of making an NBA Finals were dealt a possibly fatal blow yesterday when it was announced that Kyrie Irving would miss the rest of the season due to a surgery to remove nails from his left knee, which were placed in the summer of 2015 but are now causing him pain and soreness.

The Sixers are peaking at the right time and are on track to host a playoff series.