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76ers report: Getting inside

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Getting inside · Notes, quotes · Roster
 

Having reached .500 for the first time in 1-1/2 years despite a 3-13 start, the Sixers turned their attention toward loftier goals.

"It's time to go on with the rest of the games and try to stay above (.500)," said forward Thaddeus Young. "We're all here to get to the playoffs. We all want to be part of something great."

The Sixers couldn't be called great yet, but they're much better than they were back in November. They've established a solid home-court advantage, having won 18 of their last 23 at the Wells Fargo Center after a 1-4 start there.

They remain seventh in the Eastern Conference and are hoping to move up at least one spot to have a better chance to advance in the postseason for the first time since Larry Brown left in 2003.

"A .500 record is OK, but we aspire to be better," said forward Elton Brand. "We aspire to catch teams in front of us and keep teams behind us at bay."

SIXERS 95, CAVALIERS 91: The Sixers, who had already lost to the 10-win Cavs twice this season, closed out a 9-3 month with a victory. They surpassed .500 for the first time since they were 3-2 in 2009-10 and for the first time this late in the season in five years. The Sixers led by as many as 15 points, only to have to hold on down the stretch, en route to winning their season-best fourth in a row. Philly attempted fewer free throws (20) than the Cleveland made (22). The Sixers, led by Elton Brand and Lou Williams with 16 points apiece, had six players score in double-figures. Jodie Meeks added 14.

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