CLEVELAND: C.J. Miles set a franchise record with 10 3-pointers and scored a season-high 34 points and the Cavaliers hammered the Philadelphia 76ers 111-93 on a day Kyrie Irving returned and the Cavs traded for Luol Deng.
Deng is expected to join the team Wednesday, but the Cavs didn’t need him to win for just the third time in their last 11 games. The Sixers were playing their fifth game in seven nights and it showed.
The Cavs shot 52 percent, made 13 3-pointers as a team and led by 18 after the first quarter one night after the Sixers surrendered 16 3-pointers in a loss at Minnesota on Monday. The lead swelled to 31 in the fourth and the Cavs cruised to their most lopsided win of the season.
Irving had 16 points and eight assists after missing three games with an injured left knee, Anderson Varejao had 18 points and 14 rebounds and Dion Waiters set a career high with 8 assists off the bench.
Miles, however, commanded the game from the start after Deng dominated most of the day. He made his first six 3-point attempts and was often left alone on the wings and in the corners. The 10 3-pointers made were also a career high for Miles, who fell 6 points shy of equaling his career high. Mike Brown pulled with him seven minutes left in the game and the Cavs comfortably ahead.
Rookie Michael Carter-Williams had a career-high 33 points for the Sixers. Thaddeus Young, the reigning Player of the Week in the Eastern Conference, was held scoreless and missed all seven of his attempts.
After losing so many close games at home recently and sliding within 3 ½ games of the league’s worst record, the Cavs enjoyed a rare blowout. Their largest margin of victory previously this season was 15 points against the New York Knicks.
Deng is expected to practice with the Cavs on Wednesday and Thursday before the team departs on a five-game West Coast trip. The first stop is Friday night at the Utah Jazz.