The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-110 in overtime last night, handing the Cavs their 2nd home loss on the season. Even with LeBron James on the bench Cleveland looked pretty good on their home court, proving that there may be something to this whole “home court advantage” thing. James sat out the season finale, as did Mo Williams, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Joe Smith, while Delonte West and Anderson Varejao started but sat out the second half.
The loss meant that the Cavs failed to equal the best home record in NBA history of 40-1, set by the 1985-86 Boston Celtics. Still, Cleveland’s mark of 39-2 is incredibly impressive. Especially when you consider that Wednesday night was their first home loss against an Eastern Conference opponent all year (they finished 25-1 vs. the East). The other defeated came on February 8, in a 101-91 loss to the Lakers.
Now the playoffs are set and the Cavs will get ready to host the Detroit Pistons, while the Sixers will head to Orlando to deal with Dwight Howard and the Magic.