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James has 30 points to lead Cavs in 113-91 rout of 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) LeBron James showed the up-and-coming Philadelphia 76ers just how high the bar is to compete with the Eastern Conference's best.

James had 30 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers over the 76ers 113-91 on Monday night.

The three-time defending conference champions won their eighth straight game. Dwyane Wade scored 15 points, and Jeff Green had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

''These guys are starting to turn the corner here,'' James said. ''They have some great wins this year. We had to come in with the mindset that this isn't the Sixers of three years ago, four years ago. They're starting to turn the corner and you have to be locked in from the onset.''

James sure was.

He scored the first nine points on his way to 22 in the first half, helping Cleveland to a 53-45 lead by draining a 3 in front of Cleveland's bench at the first-half buzzer.

''He got us off to a good start, making the shots, being aggressive, attacking the basket and everyone kind of followed,'' Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. ''We knew they were a good team, they've been playing well, playing hard. We knew it was going to be a tough place to play. I didn't expect this outcome, but we played well tonight.''

Lue tried to downplay any significance of Cleveland beating a team on the rise.

''We're just trying to get better each day, each game,'' he said. ''We're finally figuring out who we are. We're getting better defensively, and offensively we're sharing the ball. We want to keep getting better.''

Joel Embiid had 30 points and 11 rebounds to pace the 76ers, who had won three straight and five of six.

''We didn't make shots, we weren't aggressive defensively, and they got what they wanted,'' Embiid said. ''I hate losing, but I think that's actually good we got our (butt) kicked, so we can go back, learn and know that we can't take any days off.''

The four-time MVP James had four points, including an emphatic dunk, and J.R. Smith hit three 3-pointers early in the third as the Cavaliers took a 14-point lead. Philadelphia got within five in the period, but the Cavaliers stretched the advantage to 86-73 entering the fourth.

Kyle Korver's 3-pointer with 9:13 to play gave Cleveland a 94-77 lead.

''We will learn from this game,'' Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. ''We need to pressure. We need to be more active and disruptive, and they need to feel us. And they didn't.''

SIMMONS STRUGGLES

Philadelphia's Ben Simmons entered leading all rookies in scoring (18.5 points), rebounding (9.1) and assists (7.7), but he was hounded all game by Jae Crowder and managed just 10 points before exiting in the fourth quarter with a right ankle sprain. Simmons, who has turned to James for career and life advice, missed all of last season with a broken right foot.

Brown provided no update on Simmons' health, and Simmons wasn't available to the media.

Crowder tried a different approach in guarding Simmons, crowding him on the perimeter and not giving him room.

''I wanted to guard him a little differently than how I've been watching other teams guard so far off him and let him get a head of steam and go downhill,'' he said. ''I feel pretty good. It was a good challenge.''

SHOOTING BLANKS

The 76ers were 3 for 28 from 3-point range, including 0 for 11 in the opening half.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Iman Shumpert returned after missing the last three games due to left knee soreness. Shumpert was scoreless in seven minutes.

76ers: Eagles players LeGarrette Blount, Malcolm Jenkins and Brandon Graham were seated courtside, and several other players watched from a box.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Host the Heat on Tuesday night.

76ers: Close out a six-game homestand against Washington on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
L. James
23 F
J. Embiid
21 C
29.2 Min. Per Game 29.2
22.4 Pts. Per Game 22.4
3.4 Ast. Per Game 3.4
11.2 Reb. Per Game 11.2
57.8 Field Goal % 49.8
57.7 Three Point % 49.8
76.8 Free Throw % 76.5
  Defensive rebound by Cedi Osman 0:00
  Furkan Korkmaz missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:03
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:14
+ 2 Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot made finger-roll layup, assist by T.J. McConnell 0:32
  Defensive rebound by Jerryd Bayless 0:38
  Jeff Green missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:41
  Defensive rebound by Cedi Osman 1:03
  Richaun Holmes missed driving layup 1:05
  Defensive rebound by Richaun Holmes 1:13
  Cedi Osman missed jump shot 1:16
  Defensive rebound by Cedi Osman 1:23
Team Stats
Points 113 91
Field Goals 41-85 (48.2%) 36-96 (37.5%)
3-Pointers 15-37 (40.5%) 3-28 (10.7%)
Free Throws 16-20 (80.0%) 16-20 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 50 62
Offensive 10 22
Defensive 35 31
Team 5 9
Assists 25 15
Steals 7 6
Blocks 3 1
Turnovers 11 12
Fouls 21 18
Technicals 0 0
30 PTS, 13 REB, 6 AST
30 PTS, 11 REB
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away team logo Cavaliers 13-7 29243327113
home team logo 76ers 11-8 2223281891
Team Stats
away team logo Cavaliers 13-7 101.1 PPG 41.4 RPG 19.2 APG
home team logo 76ers 11-8 108.8 PPG 49.5 RPG 25.8 APG
Key Players
L. James F PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Embiid C 22.9 PPG 11.0 RPG 3.2 APG 48.3 FG%
Top Scorers
L. James F 30 PTS 13 REB 6 AST
J. Embiid C 30 PTS 11 REB 0 AST
48.2 FG% 37.5
40.5 3PT FG% 10.7
80.0 FT% 80.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 31 30 13 6 0 0 3 0 12/22 3/7 3/4 2 11 52 +1
K. Love 24 13 3 2 1 0 1 4 4/12 2/7 3/3 2 1 20 0
J. Smith 27 11 3 1 0 0 0 1 4/6 3/5 0/0 0 3 16 +9
J. Crowder 20 2 2 0 1 0 2 3 0/4 0/3 2/2 0 2 3 -3
J. Calderon 22 0 1 5 2 0 1 4 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 0 12 -2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 31 30 13 6 0 0 3 0 12/22 3/7 3/4 2 11 52 +1
K. Love 24 13 3 2 1 0 1 4 4/12 2/7 3/3 2 1 20 0
J. Smith 27 11 3 1 0 0 0 1 4/6 3/5 0/0 0 3 16 +9
J. Crowder 20 2 2 0 1 0 2 3 0/4 0/3 2/2 0 2 3 -3
J. Calderon 22 0 1 5 2 0 1 4 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 0 12 -2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Wade 24 15 4 5 0 2 2 1 5/12 1/2 4/7 1 3 29 +21
J. Green 27 14 10 3 0 1 1 0 6/12 0/3 2/2 4 6 30 +25
C. Frye 18 12 3 2 2 0 0 4 4/5 2/3 2/2 0 3 21 +23
K. Korver 21 9 1 1 1 0 0 2 3/5 3/5 0/0 0 1 13 +25
J. Holland 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 0 3 -1
C. Osman 4 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 5 7 -1
A. Zizic 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 -1
I. Shumpert 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +14
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Rose - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Perrantes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 232 113 45 25 7 3 11 21 41/85 15/37 16/20 10 35 207 +110
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 32 30 11 0 0 0 1 4 11/24 0/2 8/9 5 6 40 -23
J. Redick 36 11 2 3 1 0 2 0 4/16 1/4 2/2 1 1 18 -29
B. Simmons 35 10 8 2 3 0 4 3 5/11 0/0 0/0 3 5 21 -16
D. Saric 30 8 10 0 0 1 1 2 4/9 0/3 0/0 6 4 18 -26
R. Covington 27 2 4 4 1 0 3 2 1/11 0/9 0/0 0 4 12 -7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 32 30 11 0 0 0 1 4 11/24 0/2 8/9 5 6 40 -23
J. Redick 36 11 2 3 1 0 2 0 4/16 1/4 2/2 1 1 18 -29
B. Simmons 35 10 8 2 3 0 4 3 5/11 0/0 0/0 3 5 21 -16
D. Saric 30 8 10 0 0 1 1 2 4/9 0/3 0/0 6 4 18 -26
R. Covington 27 2 4 4 1 0 3 2 1/11 0/9 0/0 0 4 12 -7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 11 12 5 1 0 0 1 1 4/8 1/4 3/4 2 3 18 -6
T. McConnell 27 11 6 3 0 0 0 1 5/8 1/2 0/0 1 5 23 -4
J. Bayless 21 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 1/4 0/1 2/3 0 1 7 -7
A. Johnson 8 3 5 1 0 0 0 3 1/1 0/0 1/2 4 1 10 +6
R. Holmes 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 2 +1
F. Korkmaz 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 0 0 +1
J. Pullen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Stauskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 91 53 15 6 1 12 18 36/96 3/28 16/20 22 31 169 -110