Miami Heat Catch Fire Late, Easily Beat Philadelphia 76ers 99-79

The game started oddly, and the strangeness remained as both the Heat and 76ers failed to get into a groove all night.

It was a tremendously uncomfortable showdown between the second and third best teams in the Eastern Conference, with neither able to put together a consistent quarter.

The deficit constantly yo-yoed with the Heat holding the narrow lead through the majority of the first three quarters.

LeBron James came out stone cold compared to his avalanche of points against Milwaukee two nights ago. He started 1/6 and finished with just 19 points, but added 12 rebounds and 8 assists.

Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 26, but he too was unable to find a rhythm throughout the game.

It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Miami started to click on the offensive end and completely shut down Philadelphia on the defensive end. With help from Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem, the Heat went on a late surge to end up winning easily, but the scoreboard certainly flattered the team from South Beach.

The 76ers had 5 scorers in double figures, but none over 16 points. Andre Igoudala failed to make an offensive impact as he was smothered for the most of the game by LeBron James. Thaddeus Young was the 76ers most consistent player and he led the team with 16 points on 7/14 shooting.

The numbers left over from the game largely told the tale. Miami finished around 50% from the field, but that was only because of their late flurry. Philly shot under 40%. The Heat made just 55% of their 20 free throws, and had just 19 assists on 40 field goals.

The usually strong rebounding 76ers lost that battle by 9, largely due to their poor shooting. The most surprising aspect of the game was Philadelphia outscoring Miami on the fast break 18-10. They also beat Miami 40-36 in the paint.

This win can be largely put down to the outside shooting of Miller, Cole and Chalmers.

Tags: Andre Igoudala Basketball Chris Bosh Dwyane Wade Lebron James Mario Chalmers Miami Heat Mike Miller NBA Norris Cole Philadelphia 76ers Thaddeus Young

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