The Sixers are coming off a 101-75 thrashing of Indiana in Philly on Wednesday in which Elton Brand had game-highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Doug Collins was unable to see the conclusion of his first win as Sixers head coach, however. The veteran mentor stayed in the locker room after halftime due to symptoms of vertigo that caused him to miss time during the preseason.
"I had another one of my bouts. I can't take my medicine on days of games because it makes me so tired," explained Collins, who committed to being back on the bench tonight. "I'm happy for our guys. How hard they have worked and to be rewarded with this win."
Associate coach Michael Curry guided the team to the finish, witnessing six players hit double-digits as the Sixers snapped a four-game slide to start the year, which included a tough overtime loss to Washington on Tuesday.
The Cavs, meanwhile, lost their third straight game on Tuesday when Marvin Williams scored a team-high 22 points and Al Horford had 16 points and 12 rebounds, as the Atlanta Hawks defeated Cleveland, 100-88, at Quicken Loans Arena.
"Very proud of the way our guys played, especially after the first quarter," Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott said. "I loved the effort that our guys had and we have to continue doing that for the rest of the season."
Jamison is questionable for tonight's contest, while Williams is expected to return to the starting lineup in place of Ramon Sessions.
The Sixers have dropped seven consecutive home games to Cleveland, but the Cavs are a far different team now without superstar LeBron James. The last time the Sixers beat Cleveland in the City of Brotherly Love was nearly five years ago on Feb. 22, 2006.