CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving had nine points and four assists in his return, but the Cavs went scoreless for five minutes in the third quarter and were pounded by the Philadelphia 76ers, 103-87 for their 18th loss in their last 22 games.
The Sixers scored 19 consecutive points in the third quarter and outscored the Cavs 24-2 behind Jrue Holiday, who made four 3-pointers in the run and made all six of his 3-point attempts for themade a career-high six 3-pointers
Irving missed 10 games with the sprained shoulder, but didn't wear a protective sleeve over it and even took a nasty fall on the shoulder in the second quarter. He popped up quickly, appeared fine and remained in the game.
Samardo Samuels and Luke Hudson each had 15 points for the Cavs, who were buried in Detroit on Tuesday by a similar 16-0 run by the Pistons to start the third quarter. The Cavs will host the New York Knicks on Friday.