Though Brett Brown acknowledged afterwards that, "I'm never feeling that great about giving up a 30-point lead", he also knew that the rally his team endured was the kind of thing that, for the last 15 seasons, most coaches in the National Basketball Association have been powerless to stop. He had a chance to tie the game when he was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 1.9 seconds left.
The Raptors, who won the season series 3-1, set a franchise record with their 57th victory, passing the 2015-16 team.
The Sixers (49-30) moved into third place in the Eastern Conference over the Cavaliers (49-31).
"It was tough but we played a good game". James played almost 41 minutes of the 48-minute game.
"He is incredible", Brown said. "It's defensive adjustments. It's offensive adjustments".
One day after learning Kyrie Irving would need a second left knee procedure and miss the rest of the year, Boston claimed its seventh victory in nine games, beating visiting Chicago.
Perhaps the Cavs were tired from rallying from 17 points down to win Thursday against Washington. Luke Kornet came off the bench to add a career-best 17 points as NY left Miami just a half-game ahead of Milwaukee for sixth in the East. James had 44 points (17-of-29 shooting), 11 assists and 11 rebounds, bringing the Cavaliers to the brink of an epic comeback.
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Cleveland entered the game having won five straight and 10 of their last 11 games. Wall did get to the rim in the dying seconds, but made the freaky decision to kick out instead of going all the way, sealing the Wizards' fate.
"The building is going to be doing somersaults", Brown said before the game.
James played the role of the villain. "It started with A.I".
Allen Iverson watched the scene with a big grin and high-fived a few fans. They come out and support. The Sixers are now riding a 12-game winning streak. "But it's always been kind of rowdy coming here".
The 78 first-half points were the most the Sixers had scored in any half since pouring in 80 on February 11, 1992 at Miami.
"We just weren't ready for the speed, the pace they play at", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.
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Fellow rookie Markelle Fultz has also gotten in on the fun, putting up eight points, three rebounds and three assists in only six minutes.
The Pelicans led by double digits throughout the entire fourth quarter.
James did shoot 10 free throws on the night as part of his 33-point masterpiece, but he was hardly gifted generous calls down the stretch. He bullied his way to the basket or found shooters, such as Kevin Love (17 points) and Jeff Green (30 points), open on the perimeter.
But Sixers reserved forward Marco Belinelli (23 points) sank three 3-pointers from the deep right wing in the third quarter to help the Sixers stay in front. "What I feel more than anything is there is a genuine excitement and belief that he will be back for us".
Redick made a pair of 3-pointers in the final four minutes.
With 23.9 seconds left, James threw down a dunk to close within 105-98. The Sixers might give the Cavaliers problems on a number of levels, but the team has a head coach used to 60 losses a season and nearly nobody on the roster with postseason playing time.
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"It's an fantastic place to play, it was stable, you build relationships, but I felt I had to do it for football reasons to try and better myself".