PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Matt Harpring scored 17 points and helped smother his former team Friday night as the Philadelphia 76ers rolled to their seventh consecutive victory, 79-68 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Harpring was the key acquisition for the 76ers in a five-player deal this summer that sent forwards Jumaine Jones and Tyrone Hill to the Cavaliers. His hard-nosed style has fit right in with Philadelphia and he has added some scoring, averaging 12.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.
The 6-8 forward scored eight points in the first quarter and the Sixers never trailed thereafter as they shut down the Cavs at virtually every turn. It was the fewest points allowed by Philadelphia since last March 14, when it limited Chicago to 67.
The Sixers had 13 steals and eight blocks. They held the Cavs to 34 percent shooting and that included a flurry in which Cleveland scored 10 points in the final three minutes of garbage time.
Philadelphia has beaten Cleveland 10 straight times.