Ben Simmons wins epic LeBron James triple double duel

Washington Wizards John Wall gestures behind Boston Celtics Marcus Smart during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston Monday Dec. 25 2017. The Wizards won 111-103

LeBron James pulled Ben Simmons in for a hug, and smiled and laughed in a brief chat with Joel Embiid.

Jakob Poeltl finished with 10 points and Kyle Lowry tallied nine and nine assists for the Raptors, who have won 33 of their franchise record 57 wins at home.

"We were all excited to be here in Philadelphia and play before an wonderful crowd in such a big game", Brown said.

Friday's game certainly had a playoff atmosphere to it, punctuated by Lue's approach to coaching the second half.

Perhaps the Cavs were tired from rallying from 17-points down to win Thursday against Washington.

The Washington Wizards held a 16-point lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers with six minutes left in the game, only to lose in spectacular fashion as LeBron James powered yet another improbable comeback to take a 119-115 victory.

James, who missed a first-half dunk, led Cleveland's second-half comeback to finish the game with 44 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. "He was a big part of what we did here, a big part of winning the championship and even though he's on another team you still don't want to see anyone go through that", Lue said.

Simmons finished the first half with 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. "For us to come all the way back it shows what we are capable of doing".

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City and Liverpool have played each other 207 times since their first game in 1893 when the Citizens were called Ardwick - however, Tuesday's clash marks the first time the clubs meet in Europe.

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It came at a time when Juventus were dominating the ball in the second half and had put the Real defence under a lot of pressure. Even coach Zinedine Zidane who is a master of scoring jaw-dropping goals, could not believe his eyes.

Lue said he felt good in his second game back following a medical absence that cost him nine games. While that's all bad, the team does have a playoff spot clinched - they'll be either the sixth, seventh, or eighth seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

As for James, he responded by letting Ingraham and the rest of the world know that he wasn't going to stop speaking his mind: "I will not just shut up and dribble..."

"They completely understand that it's now April and we're going to blink and be playing in the playoffs", 76ers coach Brett Brown said.

"It's as good of a home crowd as I've played in front of in my entire National Basketball Association career", said Redick, who has been with the Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks.

In Washington, Taurean Prince scored 23 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and Atlanta defeated the hosts.

Pistons 113, Mavericks 106 (OT) In Detroit, Reggie Jackson had 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and the Pistons beat Dallas.

Love threw the pass with 3.3 seconds left and the Cavs trailing by three, and James caught it on the right wing, where Philly forward Robert Covington was called for a shooting foul on the Cavs' star. This would have been considered a successful season if the Sixers just made the postseason, but that's no longer the case. And they always kind of do it by committee, and it starts with Ben (Simmons) getting everybody involved.

After squashing Philadelphia's big lead early, the Cavs still trailed by 8 with 1:30 to play before fighting to within one possession.

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