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Simmons, Embiid lead 76ers past Cavs in Butler's return

CLEVELAND (AP) Jimmy Butler's return brought out the best in his Philadelphia teammates.

Ben Simmons had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists for his third triple-double of the season, Joel Embiid scored 24 points and the 76ers routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-105 on Sunday.

Butler scored 19 points after missing two games - both losses - with a strained groin.

''He's such a large personality and his talent is sort of a spirit he brings to our group,'' coach Brett Brown said.

Butler was 6 of 10 from the field and hit three 3-pointers. He gave Simmons most of the credit.

''Ben is doing what he always does for us, passing the ball,'' Butler said. ''When he's playing like that, the game is really easy for everybody.''

Simmons had his 15th career triple-double.

''Having Jimmy back helped because we had multiple guys that could put it away,'' he said. ''I just do what I can offensively and help find guys who are scoring. Numbers are numbers. Obviously, stat-wise, it looks good.''

Landry Shamet added 16 points for Philadelphia, J.J. Redick had 14 points and Wilson Chandler 11.

Cedi Osman and Jordan Clarkson each scored 18 points for Cleveland. Rodney Hood and Matthew Dellavedova each had 13 points, and rookie point guard Collin Sexton added 12.

Philadelphia broke it open after Cleveland cut a 13-point lead to 86-85 late in the third quarter.

The Sixers led 86-73 midway through the quarter, but Cleveland scored 12 straight points and trailed by one after Larry Nance Jr.'s dunk. Wilson Chandler hit a 3-pointer from the corner as time ran out in the period, starting the deciding run.

''The margin for error in this game is very small for us,'' Cavaliers coach Larry Drew said. ''Margin for errors is not just a turnover, it's a bad shot, it's not getting back defensively.''

The Cavaliers led 44-34 early in the second quarter, but Philadelphia ended the first half on a 31-14 run.

Butler was injured in the first quarter Monday against Detroit and went scoreless in 10 minutes. Philadelphia won that game, but lost to Brooklyn and Indiana with Butler out.

''I felt good,'' he said. ''When you play with such good guys that draw so much attention, I have the easy job. I hang my hat on defense. I don't care how many shots I get or anything.''

TOUGH MATCHUP

Drew knows even trying to slow down Embiid is not an easy task. Not only is the 7-footer a dominant player in the lane, he has also hit 36 3-pointers this season.

''He's a force - size, the ability to shoot it from the three, the ability to take it off the dribble,'' Drew said. ''You don't see a guy that size being able to shoot the ball as well as he does from the three. Where he's most deadly is when he's playing with his back to the basket. Just for his size alone, I don't think anybody can defend him one-on-one down low because he's just too big.''

LONG TRIP

The Sixers complete a challenging back-to-back set in San Antonio on Monday. Simmons was the only player to go more than 30 minutes as Brown made liberal use of his bench.

''I'm happy to get on a plane and know nobody played reckless minutes, and we got the win,'' Brown said.

TIP-INS

76ers: Redick was limping after landing awkwardly while being fouled in the first quarter, but remained in the game and played 28 minutes. ... Brown walked halfway on the floor to call timeout after Osman drove the length of the floor for an uncontested layup in the second quarter.

Cavaliers: Hood picked up two fouls in the first 1:13 and went to the bench. ... Ante Zizic started at center after not playing in four straight games. Zizic and Nance each picked up two fouls in the first quarter trying to guard Embiid. ... Channing Frye, who started the previous two games in place of the injured Tristan Thompson, entered the game late in the period.

UP NEXT

76ers: At San Antonio on Monday night.

Cavaliers: At Indiana on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
J. Embiid
21 C
J. Clarkson
8 PG
25.6 Min. Per Game 25.6
16.7 Pts. Per Game 16.7
2.1 Ast. Per Game 2.1
3.4 Reb. Per Game 3.4
47.6 Field Goal % 44.6
47.0 Three Point % 44.7
79.2 Free Throw % 86.8
+ 2 T.J. McConnell made jump shot 0:10
+ 2 Collin Sexton made reverse layup, assist by Larry Nance Jr. 0:30
  Lost ball turnover on T.J. McConnell 0:42
  Traveling violation turnover on Collin Sexton 0:48
+ 2 Amir Johnson made hook shot 1:00
  Traveling violation turnover on Collin Sexton 1:17
  CLE team rebound 1:17
  Collin Sexton missed layup 1:17
  Personal foul on T.J. McConnell 1:24
+ 2 Jonah Bolden made dunk 1:27
  Offensive rebound by Jonah Bolden 1:27
Team Stats
Points 128 105
Field Goals 51-91 (56.0%) 41-88 (46.6%)
3-Pointers 11-27 (40.7%) 12-30 (40.0%)
Free Throws 15-20 (75.0%) 11-17 (64.7%)
Total Rebounds 55 43
Offensive 12 6
Defensive 36 27
Team 7 10
Assists 32 28
Steals 5 8
Blocks 9 0
Turnovers 10 12
Fouls 18 20
Technicals 0 1
22 PTS, 11 REB, 14 AST
13 PTS, 2 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo 76ers 20-11 29362439128
home team logo Cavaliers 7-23 36222720105
Team Stats
away team logo 76ers 20-11 115.4 PPG 47.5 RPG 27.2 APG
home team logo Cavaliers 7-23 102.9 PPG 42.3 RPG 20.2 APG
Key Players
J. Embiid C 27.0 PPG 13.3 RPG 3.4 APG 48.8 FG%
J. Clarkson PG 17.1 PPG 3.2 RPG 2.3 APG 45.7 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Embiid C 24 PTS 9 REB 2 AST
J. Clarkson PG 18 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
56.0 FG% 46.6
40.7 3PT FG% 40.0
75.0 FT% 64.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Embiid 24 9 2 10/16 0/1 4/6 1 28 0 1 3 1 8 +13 35
B. Simmons 22 11 14 9/15 0/0 4/5 4 31 1 0 0 4 7 +23 62
J. Butler 19 2 2 6/10 3/4 4/5 1 25 1 1 0 0 2 +18 27
J. Redick 14 3 4 5/11 2/5 2/3 2 27 0 0 2 0 3 +24 23
W. Chandler 11 7 3 4/10 2/6 1/1 1 29 0 2 3 3 4 +20 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Embiid 24 9 2 10/16 0/1 4/6 1 28 0 1 3 1 8 +13 35
B. Simmons 22 11 14 9/15 0/0 4/5 4 31 1 0 0 4 7 +23 62
J. Butler 19 2 2 6/10 3/4 4/5 1 25 1 1 0 0 2 +18 27
J. Redick 14 3 4 5/11 2/5 2/3 2 27 0 0 2 0 3 +24 23
W. Chandler 11 7 3 4/10 2/6 1/1 1 29 0 2 3 3 4 +20 23
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Shamet 16 2 0 6/7 4/5 0/0 3 15 0 1 0 0 2 -6 19
M. Muscala 8 6 0 4/7 0/1 0/0 2 24 1 3 0 2 4 +7 18
T. McConnell 8 0 5 4/5 0/0 0/0 2 24 2 0 1 0 0 -2 19
J. Bolden 2 3 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 +4 5
F. Korkmaz 2 5 2 1/6 0/4 0/0 1 21 0 1 1 0 5 +3 11
A. Johnson 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 +4 2
S. Milton 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 +7 0
D. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 128 48 32 51/91 11/27 15/20 18 234 5 9 10 12 36 +115 244
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Osman 18 4 1 6/10 2/4 4/7 3 35 1 0 1 2 2 -26 24
R. Hood 13 2 4 5/9 2/5 1/2 2 27 1 0 0 0 2 -22 24
C. Sexton 12 1 2 6/13 0/2 0/0 3 30 2 0 3 0 1 -22 16
A. Zizic 7 2 1 3/4 0/0 1/2 2 17 1 0 1 0 2 -16 11
A. Burks 5 2 0 2/10 1/4 0/0 2 26 0 0 2 0 2 -28 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Osman 18 4 1 6/10 2/4 4/7 3 35 1 0 1 2 2 -26 24
R. Hood 13 2 4 5/9 2/5 1/2 2 27 1 0 0 0 2 -22 24
C. Sexton 12 1 2 6/13 0/2 0/0 3 30 2 0 3 0 1 -22 16
A. Zizic 7 2 1 3/4 0/0 1/2 2 17 1 0 1 0 2 -16 11
A. Burks 5 2 0 2/10 1/4 0/0 2 26 0 0 2 0 2 -28 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Clarkson 18 6 4 6/16 2/6 4/4 1 27 0 0 2 2 4 -6 30
M. Dellavedova 13 2 7 5/9 3/4 0/0 0 21 1 0 0 0 2 +3 30
D. Nwaba 9 5 2 4/6 1/2 0/0 2 14 0 0 1 1 4 +14 17
L. Nance Jr. 7 4 6 3/7 0/1 1/2 3 25 1 0 1 0 4 -7 23
C. Frye 3 1 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 5 1 0 1 0 1 0 4
J. Blossomgame 0 4 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 2 9 0 0 0 1 3 -5 6
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Love - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Henson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 105 33 28 41/88 12/30 11/17 20 236 8 0 12 6 27 -115 190