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Sixers forward Elton Brand was benched for the second straight game, and might be permanently there. Coach Eddie Jordan wants the smaller, quicker backcourt of Iverson and Holiday, and Young, Dalembert and swingman Iguodala on the court.
Iguodala hurt his ribs in Monday's win, but looked sharp against the Cavs.
Brand has not complained about his role, though he feels he should be a starter. His three-point play in the middle of the fourth tied the game at 89.
Jordan used Brand at center in the fourth quarter. Brand still played 33 minutes and had 14 points.
He just didn't sign a five-year deal in 2008 to ride the bench for a lousy team.
NOTES: James' appearance brought out several local sports stars, including Phillies slugger Ryan Howard, Flyers goalie Ray Emery and forward Mike Richards, and Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. ... The 76ers have used six different lineups this season after using six different total last season when they reached the playoffs. ... Cavs G Delonte West scored four points in 23 minutes after he was inactive Tuesday night.
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