Drummond powers Cavs to perfect 3-0 start

Drummond's third double-double helps Cavs cruise past 76ers
Dec 27, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond (3) shoots over the defense of Philadelphia 76ers center Tony Bradley (11) during the second quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Photo credit Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Andre Drummond notched his third double-double in as many games this season to help lead the Cavs improve to a perfect 3-0 with a 118-94 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

Drummond has averaged 20.3 points and 14.6 rebounds per game so far this year through three contests.

Collin Sexton poured in 22 points and while Darius Garland and Cedi Osman each dded 14 points.

Larry Nance Jr. was inserted into the starting lineup in place of an injured Isaac Okoro and notched 13 points.

The Cavaliers  (3-0) capitalized off of a gluttony of turnovers by the 76ers (2-1) and played selfless basketball throughout the night. Philadelphia committed 21 turnovers while the Cavaliers dished out 31 helpers as a team.

Cleveland led 29-24 after the first quarter and never looked back.

At the break, the Cavs found themselves up by double-digits, leading Philadelphia 64-50. Cleveland made a living by capitalizing off of  11 first-half blunders that the Cavs turned into 17 points.

Cleveland also dished out 16 assists in the first half, highlighted by a Larry Nance Jr. two-handed slam to punctuate a fast break. Andre Drummond corralled a loose ball and found Darius Garland streaking down the the land. Garland found himself immediately met by Tyrese Maxey, before the second-year man from Vandy left a trailing pass to Nance Jr. for the exclamation point.

The slam put the Cavs up 17 over the 76ers with just over seven minutes to play. Cleveland kept its foot on the pedal and rolled into the half with a 14-point lead over the 76ers 64-50.

In the second half, the Cavs didn’t let up. They opened up the third quarter on a 21-9 spurt to push that lead to 26 points with 5:04 left in the third quarter. It ballooned to 32 points midway through he fourth quarter as the Cavaliers closed out a 24-point win.

The 76ers looked out of sorts all night and were without Joel Embiid, who was a late scratch from the Philadelphia starting lineup.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers were forced to deal without a star of their own. Kevin Love played just 8:50 before he left the game with a calf injury.

The Cavaliers will go for their fourth-straight win on Tuesday night when they host the New York Knicks.

NOTES— With 14 points on Sunday night, Cedi Osman moved to within 8 points of 2,000 points for his career.