Instant Replay: Heat 106, Sixers 87

Instant Replay: Heat 106, Sixers 87
April 6, 2013, 9:45 pm
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MIAMI -- Unlike in their last two meetings, the Sixers weren't in position to snap a long Heat win streak. Instead, they were just out to put a halt to their own losing streak against Miami.
 
The Sixers had played the Heat well in the previous three meetings but had no victory to show for it. And on Saturday night, they ended up getting swept in the season series, 4-0, and losing the game, 106-87.
 
The Sixers were down 15 points after one quarter but went into halftime trailing, 50-46. Things stayed tight through the seven-minute mark of the fourth quarter, before the Heat used a 16-3 run to stretch a three-point lead to 16 with 2:40 to play.
 
The Heat shot 48 percent while holding the Sixers to 41. They also had 25 assists to the Sixers' 12.

The loss marks the 15th straight regular-season loss for the Sixers against the Heat.

It came without Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh even on the floor. Wade was sidelined for a fourth straight game with a sore right knee. Bosh sat for the first time since hyperextending his right knee three games ago. LeBron James returned to the lineup after being out the last three with a strained hamstring.
 
Turning point
Ray Allen hit a corner three with 7:06 to play to put the Heat up 88-82. It was Miami’s largest lead since the Heat scored the first basket of the second half to go ahead 52-46 with 11:34 to go in the third quarter.
 
Follow the leader
LeBron James led all scorers with 27 points on 12-for-17 shooting. Miami got 53 points from their reserves led by Rashard Lewis, who had 14.
 
Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 18 points. He also had six assists and five rebounds. Evan Turner contributed 14 on 6-for-10 shooting.
 
Stat-egic
The three ball was a dagger. The Sixers were solid from behind the arc going 6-for-18 but the Heat had seven different guys make a three pointer to shoot a blistering 14-for-25.
 
Take a bow
Welcome back, Jrue Holiday. Holiday came into Saturday night five for his last 38 from the floor over the last two games. He proceeded to miss his first five shots against the Heat, but then found his groove connecting on five straight.
 
What’s next
The Sixers will travel to Brooklyn for a Tuesday night game against the Nets. Brooklyn is currently the fourth seed but they're 5-5 in their last ten and their lead on fifth-place Chicago is just one game.
 
This is the fourth and final game of the season series, which the Nets lead, 2-1. In the three games, Brooklyn is averaging 100 points per game, shooting 47 percent.