Cavaliers 95, 76ers 91
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Brad Daugherty scored 31 points, including eight consecutive free throws in the final four minutes, as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 95-91 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.
Cleveland trailed 86-79 with 5:07 left. The Cavs then outscored the 76ers 12-3.
The Cavaliers’ Craig Ehlo made a jumper from the corner to make it 93-89. Philadelphia’s Johnny Dawkins made a jumper with 24 seconds left for the 76ers’ final basket.
Daugherty made eight of 15 from the field and 15 of 16 at the free throw line. He got help from Larry Nance and Henry James, each with 14 points, and Mark Price with 12.
Hersey Hawkins led the 76ers with 23, while Dawkins scored 19 and Armon Gilliam 17.
Charles Barkley, playing with a flak jacket to protect strained rib muscles, scored only 11 points.
The 76ers led 69-57 with 5:16 left in the third period. But the Cavs chipped away to get within 71-70 on two free throws by John Williams with 53 seconds remaining in the period.
The Sixers regained control at 75-70 on a pair of free throws and a running jumper by Dawkins just before the buzzer.
The loss was the third straight for Philadelphia.
The 76ers, who led by 10 points early in the fourth period, sort of shot themselves in the foot with 23 turnovers. Cleveland had just nine.
Daugherty, who averages 21.8 points per game, has played well against the 76ers ever since they gave him away in the 1986 draft. They decided against taking the 7-foot former North Carolina star, dealing the first-round pick to Cleveland for Roy Hinson, later traded to New Jersey.
In addition to his 31 points, Daugherty grabbed seven rebounds, slightly under his 10.5 average. Nance was 6-for-10 from the field and James 6-for-12, while rookie Terrell Brandon handed out five assists and made five steals.
Daugherty said, ″we tried to spread the court and go to me inside and it worked out all right. I know I made a bunch of free throws.″
Cleveland coach Lenny Wilkens echoed Daugherty. ″We wanted to go inside and I felt if we moved the ball we’d get it in there,″ Wilkens said. ″Our defense was good and we protected the ball well.″
Wilkins said of Daugherty, ″the guy is just playing tremendous. He has been doing everything for us. He’s improved every year, especially with his free throws.″
Philadelphia coach Jimmy Lynam expressed the obvious.
″You have to say 20 (23) turnovers hurt,″ he said. ″Most of the turnovers fell in the careless category. It is simple catch and lay it up. We just did not catch it.″
Gilliam added, ″we turned it over too easily and it makes it just too much to overcome.″