CLEVELAND -- The Philadelphia 76ers must have left their improved defense on the West Coast.
That's the easiest way to describe what has happened since they returned from a five-game trip out west.
For the second straight night, the Sixers were a step too slow, did not communicate and looked confused on the defensive end. On Tuesday night that led to a 111-93 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Sixers (12-23) have lost two games by an average of 24.5 points after capping their West Coast trip with four consecutive wins.
In their latest blowout defeat, they consistently left C.J. Miles wide open on the perimeter.
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard made 10 of 14 three-pointers to finish with 34 points. He set the Cavs record for made three-pointers in a game. Miles tied the previous record in the first half with eight threes.
He made his first six three-point shots.
Although his numbers were impressive, Miles didn't exactly work hard to get open looks. The ninth-year veteran out of Skyline High School in Dallas basically stood unguarded at the three-point line. A defender attempted to run over to guard Miles once the ball swung over to him, but by the time he got close, Miles' shot was on its way into the basket.
His eighth three-pointer gave the Cavs a 64-38 cushion with 36.8 seconds left in the half.
Cleveland (12-23) built a commanding 31-point cushion in the fourth quarter before eventually winning by 18.
Thaddeus Young of the Sixers failed to score in a regular-season game for the first time since March 12, 2011, against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Sixers power forward, who sat out most of the second half, missed all seven of his shots in 21 minutes of action.
That's an unlikely performance for someone who was named the Eastern Conference player of the week on Monday. Young had scored at least 17 points in each of the Sixers' previous games and averaged 25.6 points during that stretch.
Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams paced the Sixers with a career-high 33 points.
The Cavs welcomed back NBA all-star Kyrie Irving.
The point guard had missed the previous three games with a left knee bruise. He finished with 16 points and eight assists against the Sixers.
Both teams made roster moves leading up to the game.
The Sixers waived reserve center Daniel Orton Tuesday afternoon before the contract-guarantee deadline. NBA teams had until 5 p.m. to make decisions regarding the contracts of players in non-guaranteed deals.
The Cavs traded former Sixer Andrew Bynum to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night in exchange for swingman Luol Deng. The Bulls released Bynum on Tuesday.
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