The final moments of the Philadelphia 76ers’ 108-97 win over the Cavaliers on Thursday took an unexpected turn when Cavs guard Jordan Clarkson threw a ball at Sixers forward Dario Saric’s back and was summarily ejected.
With Philadelphia up by eight points and having an opportunity to run out the clock with the game already in hand, Saric dunked with 12.2 seconds remaining.
Upon collecting the ball after it went through the hoop, Clarkson tossed it at Saric’s back and was called for a technical foul, before being ejected.
Simmons and James were effusive in their praise of each other in postgame media sessions.
“I know he’s a great, competitive player, and I’m the same way,” Simmons said. “Playing against him, obviously one of the best to play the game, so it’s a great vibe out there.”
“When he gets in that rhythm, when he gets in that zone, he’s fun to watch.”
Then 3-point shots by Dunn and Markkanen and a jumper by Zach LaVine, who had 16 points, sent the Bulls to the win.
Harrison Barnes scored 26 points and rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 25 as Dallas lost for the 13th time in 16 games. The Mavericks have dropped six straight on the road.
Brooklyn got the lead early in overtime but couldn’t hold it and lost for the 14th time in 16 games.
“In the fourth quarter and overtime we struggled to stop them,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “They were turning the corners, they were in our paint way too much. We just couldn’t close the deal.”
Warriors: Golden State improved to 22-3 against Eastern Conference teams. The Cheap Knicks Jerseys Warriors’ 13-1 road record against the East is the best for a Western Conference team since the 2006-07 Cheap Jerseys Youth NFL Suns were 14-1. … The Warriors had 33 assists on 42 field goals.
Hawks: Atlanta shot 60 percent (12 of 20) from the field in the first period and still trailed 33-31. The Hawks made 15 3-pointers, including five for Prince and Bazemore. … John Collins had 16 points.