76ers 91, Cavaliers 77

The Sports Xchange
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PHILADELPHIA -- The 76ers handled the Cavaliers 91-77 in Philadelphia's home finale Sunday afternoon.
But there was more intrigue about potential off-the-court happenings than what went on at the Wells Fargo Center.
Sixers coach Doug Collins, in what could be his final game in Philadelphia as the team's coach, declined to address reports published Thursday that said, citing unnamed NBA sources, the organization privately hopes Collins doesn't come back in 2013-14 for what would be his fourth season.
Collins, whose team option was picked up for more than $4 million next season, took a direct approach with the media before the game, saying "So what do you want to know about Cleveland because everything else is moot?"
The Sixers, in large part due to prized acquisition Andrew Bynum not playing at all because of bone bruises on both knees, failed to make the playoff for the first time in Collins' three years.
Collins owns a 109-119 record as coach of the Sixers.
"The expectations, the moves that were made in the offseason -- I give (majority owner Josh Harris) and the organization credit (because) they swung for the fences," Collins said. "Unfortunately, with Andrew getting hurt, it changed the whole dynamics of our season."
As for the Cavaliers, Cleveland also picked up the 2013-14 option picked on Byron Scott for more than $4 million. Scott has also heard rumblings about his future, partially due to 24-56 Cleveland's disappointing season. Scott is 64-164 in three years with the Cavaliers.
"It really doesn't bother me," Scott said. "It's part of the job. When you have games and practice, it's your outlet. It's when you have idle time it bugs you more than anything."
Scott, who is a good friend of Collins, seems unfazed by the persistent rumors about his future with the Cavs.
"We've been doing this for a while -- coach Collins has been doing it much longer than I have," he said. "The first time I got a coaching job, a good friend of mine told me, 'Coaches are hired to be fired.'"
The Sixers led from start to finish, jumping out to a 19-3 lead 6 1/2 minutes into the game.
Dorell Wright led six Sixers in double figures with 15 points. Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes each had 14.
Philadelphia ended up 23-18 at home. But it is just 10-29 on the road.
Tristan Thompson, Wayne Ellington and Maurice Speights paced Cleveland with 12 points apiece.
NOTES: At halftime, the Sixers honored members of the 1982-83 NBA championship team, including Julius Erving and Moses Malone. Erving, as usual, received the loudest and longest ovation. ... Scott on what former Sixers Speights, who is a Cleveland reserve, needs to do to improve: Probably just play a little bit harder at times. The Cavaliers Daniel Gibson returned after missing five games with a sore right elbow to score two points and 12 minutes. ... The Sixers close out the season by visiting the Pistons (Monday) and Pacers (Wednesday), while the Cavaliers host the Heat (Monday) and visit the Bobcats (Wednesday).