Heat dominate Sixers from start to finish, take 2-0 series lead

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 18: LeBron James of the Miami Heat reacts after a shot during game two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Philadelphia 76ers at American Airlines Arena on April 18, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

As most of us expected, the Miami Heat came out ready to roll in Game 2 against the Philadelphia 76ers last night at the AAA.  The opening game jitters from Saturday were long gone as the Heat got out to a great start and never let up, dominating the Sixers from start to finish.  Now Miami takes a 2-0 series lead back up to Philadelphia where they have a chance to close out this series as soon as Sunday afternoon. 

The game started with the Heat outscoring Philly 13-5 in a pretty defensive 1st quarter.  The Sixers scored just 13 points and were lucky to just be down by 6 heading into the 2nd.  Similar to the opening quarter, Miami came out in the next one with a nice little 7-2 run, and this time the Heat would find it a little easier to score while still putting the clamps down on D.

By the time halftime rolled around it was Miami holding a nice 49-31 lead, closing the half on an 11-4 run.  It was an ugly 2nd quarter for the Sixers as their starters were outscored by Joel Anthony 2-0.  They just couldn't get anything going offensively against the Heat, and after the game Andre Iguodala even admitted that he hadn't had an open look in either of the first two games. 

Miami got their lead up to 20 just a couple minutes into the 2nd half and from that point on it was just a matter of how big of a margin they were going to win the game by.  At one point in the 4th quarter the Heat had their lead all the way up to 28, but they'll just have to live with taking the game by a meager 21 points.  Now its time to head back up to Philly for games 3 and 4.

GAME NOTES

  • Philly starters combined to score a total of 29 points. 
  • LeBron James scored 29 on his own, adding 7 rebounds and 6 assists.  He also went 8-for-10 from the foul line. 
  • This was the 2nd lowest scoring playoff game for the Philadelphia franchise in 55 years. 
  • Chris Bosh had his 2nd straight 20-10 game, finishing with 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting with 11 rebounds, 3 steals, an assist and a block. 
  • Miami set a franchise record for defense, holding Philly to just 25.6% shooting in the 1st half.  Previous low was 27.5%.
  • Dwyane Wade didn't have to do much, scoring just 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting. 

 

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