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Cavaliers grind their way to 105-98 win over Sixers; three takeaways

1. The King’s triple-double

In the first half of Saturday night’s game, LeBron James was just 3-of-10 from the field with nine points. But by the time the night was over, James had his third triple-double of the 2017 season with 30 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists, all game-highs.

In fact, he was one assist shy of having a triple double in the second half alone with 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

James was once again incredibly influential down the stretch, pushing the pace and seemingly willing the team to a win. Per Rick Noland of the Medina Gazette, James scored or assisted on the last 22 Cavaliers’ points to close out the night.

“I have no idea,” James said when asked how he managed the feat. “I just go out and play my game. Like you said, I started the game 3-for-11. I was missing some chippies, a couple shots went in and out, some floaters in the lane. But that’s just a byproduct of who I am, I don’t need to score to be productive, to help win the game. I just stayed with it, I was able to get to the free throw line tonight, I was able to get some rebounds. My teammates made some huge shots for me. That’s a crazy stat though, I didn’t know that.”

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Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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