Sixers-Heat: What you need to know

Sixers-Heat: What you need to know

April 6, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Sixers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. — CSN
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami

Records
Sixers: 31-44 (Ninth in Eastern Conference)
Heat: 59-16 (First in Eastern Conference)

Last meeting
The game was tied at 91 with just over a minute remaining on March 13 at the Wells Fargo Center. After back-to-back missed layups by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade picked up his teammate, grabbing an offensive rebound and putting in a deuce with 29 seconds left to put the Heat up three. Miami made all four of its free throws down the stretch and walked away with a 98-94 victory — its 20th consecutive win at the time.

James dropped a game-high 27 points on 8-for-19 shooting from the field, 10-for-12 from the line. Wade added another 21. Thaddeus Young led all Sixers with 24 points and 15 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday contributed 21 points, seven boards and seven assists. The difference came at the charity stripe, where the Heat were 23 for 27 (85 percent) and the Sixers were just 7 for 12 (58 percent).

Previous game
The Sixers came out on fire in Atlanta, tallying 40 first-quarter points and taking a 83-65 lead into the final frame before ultimately cruising to a 101-90 win over the Hawks. Evan Turner was the star of the show, recording a double-double with a game-high 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting and grabbing 11 boards. Spencer Hawes and Thad Young also turned in double-doubles.

Miami, which has already clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, allowed the lowly Bobcats to hang with them but eventually picked up the 89-79 win in Charlotte. As James sat out with a strained right hamstring and Wade missed his third straight contest, Mike Miller led the way with 26 points, and Chris Bosh added 18. The Heat held the Bobcats to 32 percent shooting and just eight third-quarter points.

Who’s Hot
With his double-double on Friday, Hawes has prolonged his streak of double-digit scoring games to 11, a career high. Over that span he is shooting 53 percent from the field and averaging 9.9 rebounds, producing seven double-doubles.
 
Thaddeus Young recorded his 20th double-double of the season Friday after registering only one all of last season. In his past eight games, Young is averaging 10 rebounds after averaging 5.3 in the eight contests prior. Since the beginning of March, Young is shooting 57 percent, compared to the 47.8 percent he shot in January and February.

Without Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Ray Allen on Friday, Mike Miller led the way for the Heat with a season-high 26 points. Miller connected on 7 of 11 three-pointers. In his past three games, he is averaging 18.7 points, which is four points higher than his season average of 14.5.

Who’s Not
Jrue Holiday continues to struggle for the Sixers. In his past two games, he is 5 of 38 (13 percent) from the floor. In the month of March, he shot just 36 percent from the field, which was down from 44 percent in February and 48 percent in January.
 
No one is struggling for the Heat, who have won 30 of 33 games and are getting key contributions from everyone who is getting playing time.

Probable starters

Sixers (season averages):

Thaddeus Young (15 ppg, 7.6 rpg)
Evan Turner (13.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg)
Spencer Hawes (11.2 ppg, 7.3 rpg)
Jrue Holiday (18.1 ppg, 8.5 apg)
Damien Wilkins (6.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg)

Heat (season averages):
LeBron James (26.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg)
Udonis Haslem (3.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
Chris Bosh (16.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg)
Dwyane Wade (21.3 ppg, 5.0 apg)
Mario Chalmers (8.5 ppg, 3.5 apg)

Injuries

Andrew Bynum (knee) and Jason Richardson (knee) are both out for the remainder of the season.

For the Heat, Mario Chalmers (ankle), LeBron James (hamstring), Dwyane Wade (ankle) and Ray Allen (ankle) are all battling injuries. James, Wade and Allen missed Friday's game.