Australia's Ben Simmons won the battle of the triple-doubles with LeBron James as the Philadelphia 76ers rolled to their 13th consecutive victory with a 132-130 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Simmons finished with 27 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists on Friday as the Sixers surged to a 30 point first-half lead and scored 78 points by halftime.
James tallied 44 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds and sparked a second half rally but it wasn't enough as the Sixers held on to win by the slimmest of margins. James shot 17-of-29 on the night.
The Sixers improved to 49-30 on the season and vaulted into third place in the Eastern Conference over the Cavaliers, who fell to 49-31.
"This was big, beating a team like that without an all-star," said Melbourne's Simmons, referring to the loss of Joel Embiid who is out with an injury. "I think everyone is coming together as a team. We are playing well."
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