Instant Replay: Heat 114, Sixers 90

Instant Replay: Heat 114, Sixers 90

February 23, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Miami has had the Sixers number for four years running.

The Heat on Saturday night beat the Sixers for the 12th consecutive time in the regular season by a final score of 114-90.

Miami won all four quarters and shot better then 58 percent for the game.

The Sixers are now a season high nine games under .500 with a record of 22-31.

Turning point
The Sixers shot 58 percent from the floor in the first quarter, held the Heat to 1-for-7 shooting from behind the arc, and yet still trailed Miami by 3 points.

The Sixers did some good things but the difference in talent  was evident. Doug Collins' team had to sustain near perfection for 48 minutes to stay with a Heat team that is eyeing a second consecutive championship. It didn't.
 
Follow the leader
Dwyane Wade scored at will. He had 17 points on 10 field-goal attempts in the first half and finished with a game-high 33 points on 14-for-18 shooting.

LeBron James registered a triple-double, his third this season and the 35th of his career. James scored with 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out 11 assists.

Jrue Holiday led the Sixers in scoring with 21 points to go with six assists and six rebounds. Nick Young was 8 of 14 from the field for 19 points.

Dorell Wright made five of the Sixers' 11 three pointers and finished with 17 points.

Stat-egic
With 4:12 to go in the third quarter, Jrue Holiday attempted the Sixers' first free throws of the game. The Sixers average a league-low 12 makes at the line per game, shooting 72 percent. They ended the game 9 for 10 at the foul line, while the Heat made 15 of their attempts.

Take a bow
The Miami defense allowed the Sixers zero fast break points. The Sixers average 12.6 per game, but in the previous three games that number has dropped to 9.7. Getting easy baskets are a necessity for a team that struggles to score like the Sixers do.

The Heat, by contrast, had 18 points on the break and 17 points off 12 Sixers turnovers.

What’s next
The Sixers will play a fourth and final meeting against the Knicks Sunday night at Madison Squarer Garden. Twenty–four hours after taking on the league’s third leading scorer in LeBron James, the Sixers will try and contain Carmelo Anthony who averages 28 points per game, second most in the NBA.

The Sixers are catching the Knicks in a lull; New York has dropped four straight games but still have a one game lead on Brooklyn for the top spot in the Atlantic Division.

New York loves to shoot from long-range averaging 29 attempts and making a league best 11 threes per contest.