Cleveland Cavaliers' C.J. Miles (0) shoots a 3-pointer against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter. He scored a team-record 10 3-pointers in the Cavs' 111-93 victory Tuesday. (Tony Dejak / Associated Press)
Cleveland — Not even the polar vortex could cool off C.J. Miles.
While Cleveland was frozen to its core by an arctic blast of sub-zero temperatures, Miles put on a blistering performance, making a team record 10 3-pointers and scoring a season-high 34 in leading the Cavaliers to a 111-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
Miles made eight 3s in the first half, when the Cavs opened a 26-point lead that allowed them to coast to a rare easy win. He notched his record-breaking ninth 3 with 9:53 left and drained No. 10 with 9:17 remaining. He went 10 of 14 outside the arc.
“I got some clean looks,” Miles said. “I’m still mad because there were a couple that I thought I could have made. But my teammates looked for me and set some screens that allowed me to get open, and all I had to do was get my feet set.”
Cleveland’s second victory in 10 games came hours after the club acquired forward Luol Deng from Chicago in a trade for center Andrew Bynum and future draft picks. Deng wasn’t in uniform, but Cavs All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving returned after missing three games with a bruised left knee and finished with 16 points and eight assists in 30 minutes.
Sixers rookie Michael Carter-Williams scored a season-high 33, but Philadelphia couldn’t stop Miles.
“When somebody like that is rolling you have to be aware of where he is every second,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “He got away from us. You give him credit, but we didn’t get the job done on him defensively.”
Philadelphia’s Thaddeus Young, the reigning Eastern Conference player of the week, missed all seven of his shots and didn’t score in 21 minutes. Evan Turner wasn’t much help, scoring four points on 2 of 13 shooting.
Anderson Varejao added 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavs, who had lost several close games over the past two weeks but enjoyed their most lopsided win this season.
Miles helped them locked this one up early.
His eight 3s in the first half tied a franchise mark he owned with three others and he was taking aim at the league record of 12 shared by Kobe Bryant (2003) and Donyell Marshall (2005). Miles missed his only 3 in the third, but returned in the fourth and knocked down two 3s in a span of 36 seconds to give the Cavaliers a 101-72 lead, rewriting the team’s record book.
Cavs coach Mike Brown left Miles in, but he missed a 3 with 7:43 left and was replaced moments later. Miles untucked his jersey as he walked off the floor and received a loud ovation as he was welcomed to the bench by smiling, high-fiving teammates.
“We called his number quite a lot tonight,” Brown said, “and our guys were finding him on their own. For us, it was real beautiful basketball to watch.”
The Sixers, who gave up 16 3-pointers and 126 points in a loss to Minnesota on Monday, were slow in their defensive rotations and left Miles wide open.
He made them pay.
Miles drained four 3s in the final 2:39 of the first quarter and made his first six attempts from long range before missing twice on one possession. But he quickly regained his stroke, and his eighth 3 gave Cleveland a 64-38 lead.
“They looked for me,” Miles said. “They ran some plays for me. Kyrie called some plays. Coach called some plays. The big guys screened for me, and they got me open. All I had to do was be square to the basket and everything else was just like in practice.”
Playing their fifth game in seven days, the Sixers were down 23 at halftime and never put a run together to challenge the Cavs.
Philadelphia’s perimeter defense was awful and has been a problem all season. Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson knocked down 10 3s against the Sixers last month.
Brett Brown pulled starters Young, Turner and Spencer Hawes early in the third and they didn’t return.
“It was flogging a dead horse,” he said. “It wasn’t going to happen. Our guys weren’t going to find anything extra. You could just see it their body language and their eyes.”
Golden State 101, (at) Milwaukee 80: David Lee had 22 points and 18 rebounds to lead Golden State to its 10th straight win.
San Antonio 110, (at) Memphis 108 (OT): Manu Ginobili scored on a driving layup with 1.8 seconds left in overtime, lifting San Antonio to the road win.
(At) Miami 107, New Orleans 88: LeBron James scored 32 points and Dwyane Wade had 22 to power Miami to the win. It was the 10th 30-point game of the season for James. The Heat are 9-1 when he scores that many.
(At) Indiana 86, Toronto 79: Roy Hibbert scored 22 points and Danny Granger matched his season high with 13, helping Indiana to its third consecutive win. The NBA-leading Pacers (28-6) held the Raptors to a season low in points.
Dallas 110, L.A. Lakers 97: Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and Dallas avoided its longest home losing streak in 14 years. The Mavericks had lost four straight at home.
(At) Chicago 92, Phoenix 87: Taj Gibson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bulls won their first game after parting with Luol Deng in a trade. Joakim Noah added 14 points and 16 rebounds
Washington 97, (at) Charlotte 83: Bradley Beal scored 21 points, and Washington had five players score in double figures in the victory.
(At) Utah 112, Oklahoma City 101: Gordon Hayward scored a career-high 37 points, including Utah’s final 17 points, to help the Jazz overcome Kevin Durant’s 48 points and beat the Thunder.
Grizzlies acquire Lee
The Grizzlies acquired guard Courtney Lee and sent guard Jerryd Bayless to the Celtics as part of a three-team trade that also includes the Thunder.
Under terms of the deal announced Tuesday, the Grizzlies get Lee and a 2016 second-round draft pick from the Celtics. The Celtics get Bayless and receive forward Ryan Gomes from the Thunder. The Thunder receives a conditional 2017 second-round pick from the Grizzlies.
Lee, 28, has averaged 7.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 16.8 minutes this season. The 6-foot-5 guard is shooting 44.2 percent from 3-point range.
Bayless averages 8.0 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 21.0 minutes this season. Bayless, 25, is shooting 37.7 percent.
Deron Williams will miss the Nets game against the Warriors today after receiving treatment for his chronically injured ankles. Williams was diagnosed Monday with a sprained left ankle, and the Nets said he was treated with a cortisone shot in the ankle joint.
He also got platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections into the lateral ligaments of the ankle.
... Pelicans F Ryan Anderson has a herniated disk and will be out indefinitely.