CLEVELAND -- Evan Turner returned to the state where he played his college ball and helped dispose of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday in the Philadelphia 76ers' 97-87 victory at Quicken Loans Arena.
The former Ohio State standout finished with a game-high 23 points, 13 rebounds and four assists for the Sixers (29-43), who have won two in a row. He converted 9-of-17 shots from the field.
The Cavs (22-49) have dropped seven in a row, as well as 11 of their last 13.
The Sixers held off a late charge in the fourth quarter by the Cavs, who had just four players in double figures. Swingman C.J. Miles paced the Cavs with 19 points and five rebounds, while center Tyler Zeller recorded his seventh double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. He was 7-of-10 from the field.
Power forward Tristan Thompson, guard Wayne Ellington and guard Shaun Livingston all added 10 points apiece.
The 76ers' frontcourt did a number on the Cavs. Forward Thaddeus Young contributed 18 points and six rebounds, while center Spencer Hawes recorded his sixth double-double in the last eight games with 16 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
All-Star guard Jrue Holiday added 20 points for the Sixers.
The Cavs had an opportunity to cut their deficit to two points midway through the fourth quarter. However, Miles' turnover led to Holiday's 3-pointer with 6:20 to play, but the Sixers ahead by seven points, 86-79.
The Cavs started the fourth quarter on an 8-1 binge.
The 76ers seemingly took control of the game in the third quarter, when they outscored the Cavs, 32-21. They led by 11 points heading into the fourth quarter, 77-66.
The Sixers' frontcourt was destroying the Cavs through three quarters. Young had 18 points, while Turner and Hawes each had 16 through three quarters.
The Sixers went on a 25-13 run to start the second half. They extended their lead to 12 points, 70-58.
The teams were tied at 45 at halftime after the Cavs had taken a 24-19 lead heading into the second quarter.
Zeller had four points and five rebounds in the opening quarter, while Hawes had two points and five points.
Notes: Holiday is the son of Shawn Holiday, a former college teammate of Cavs coach Byron Scott at Arizona State. Jrue's brother, Justin, played on the Cavs' summer-league team and was invited to training camp. He's now playing for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League. "I played with his dad," Scott said. "He was my backcourt mate. We go way back. (Shawn) has a younger (son) that he thinks is might be better than both of them." Aaron Holiday is a standout at Campbell Hall High School in LA. ... Rumors swirled in August the Cavaliers were interested in trading for Lakers center Andrew Bynum. However, luckily for the Cavs, it was Philadelphia that stepped in and acquired the 7-foot All-Star in a four-team trade on Aug. 10, 2012. Bynum hasn't played a game for the 76ers, which derailed their season. After making the playoffs last year, they came into Friday's game at Quicken Loans Arena 15 games under .500. "The Bynum trade threw them off," Scott said. "After making that trade, everybody, including myself, thought they'd be one of the better teams in the East. When he doesn't play, that throws off everything." ... Cavs fans can't help but keep a keen eye on the Lakers this season. If they qualify for the Western Conference playoffs, the Cavs get their first-round pick in the 2013 draft. "I'll watch on ESPN and when they lose, it's like, 'Damn!' " Scott said. "I keep my eye on them more because we can get their pick." ... Every day, the media asks Scott if there's a medical update on guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. Every day, he says the same thing: Nothing has changed. "I have to coach the guys that I have," Scott said. "I talk to (Cavs athletic trainer) Max (Benton) every day. 'Nothing has changed yet, Coach.' " ... Sixers coach Doug Collins is thrilled for his son, Chris, who was named Northwestern coach on Thursday. "He's ready," he said. "He said, 'I'm not chasing anyone's legacy. I'm there to create one.' "