Ersan Ilyasova’s return to Philadelphia came in time to key a comeback against the Hornets.
The “Trust the Process!” chants rang out in the final minute and the 76ers — who won just 10 times in 2015-16 — won the type of game that proved why they might make some noise in the playoffs.
Ilyasova scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter in his first home game since he rejoined the Sixers, Joel Embiid had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Philadelphia beat Charlotte 110-99 on Friday night.
Hill, also acquired at the trade deadline, scored a season-high 26 points and Cleveland placed six in double figures.
Russell led Brooklyn with 25 points. Caris LeVert scored 18 while DeMarre Carroll had 16. Brooklyn broke an eight-game losing streak Monday by beating Chicago.
James took a strong stance on the NCAA in light of the FBI’s investigation into recruiting in college basketball.
“The NCAA is corrupt, we know that,” he said. “Sorry, it’s going to make headlines, but it’s corrupt.”
Smith, who missed Cleveland’s 108-97 loss to the Philadelphia Sixers on Thursday, is expected to start against the Nuggets. He declined to speak to reporters Friday at practice.
“I had a little discussion with him,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said, declining to disclose any further details on Smith.
The Cavs are just 2/3 since the All-Star break. All three losses have come at home, and they failed to score 100 points in any of those contests.
With four new players added and six sent out in trades on Feb. 8, Lue has decided to simplify the offense until everyone is on the same page.
“I feel good about this team,” Lue said. “No doubt about it. We got a lot of young talent. We got a lot of good pieces. We’re just trying to figure it out, put it together. I think we’ve only played seven games right now and those guys are still trying to figure it out.
“Our coaching staff, we’re just trying to stay Cheap Jerseys Wholesale China positive and just try to make it as simple as possible Cheap Kids Jerseys for those guys until we’re able to catch on.”
The Nuggets (34-28) beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-102 on Friday to start a stretch of 11 of 15 games in March on the road.