A 3-pointer by Korver with 2:25 to go got the Cavaliers back within one, before Saric again came through at a critical time, burying a 3-pointer of his own to push the 76ers' advantage back to four at 98-94 with 2:09 to go.
James had his usual stellar night with 30 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists. They're not playing with speed, they're not playing with pace, they're in thought too much.
All five Philadelphia starters (plus Marco Belinelli) registered double-figures in Thursday's win - with J.J. Redick pacing the Sixers with 22 points and Joel Embiid doubling-up with 17 points and a game-high 14 boards. In the fourth quarter, Ben Simmons swiped James across the face on a layup attempt - but neither a flagrant nor a common foul was called. "Instead of trying to make the spectacular passes we were just making the simple one and that's what a lot of times leads to good, open rhythm shots - and we were able to make some of those".
In the fourth, the 76ers pushed their advantage out to 11-points early on. But a 13-3 run by the 76ers over the final 2:09 sealed the win for Philadelphia.
There's no word on why Smith was suspended, but Coach Ty Lue said that he will be back with the team on Friday, and Smith will return to the starting lineup on Saturday.
Philadelphia (33-27) are now in sixth spot in the Eastern Conference while Cleveland (36-25) are third.
The 76ers held on from there to produce their first win after losses to Washington and Miami.
While the Cavaliers got off to a hot start with their new additions, the last couple of games have not been that great. They closed the game alongside James. They have some excellent players on the roster, but not good enough to make them risky contenders.
LeBron James said he felt the game was well-defended, and that the team is suffering from heavy legs following five straight days of either practice or a game. "It was a lot of fun to watch that, see him do his thing".