Late runs sparks Heat as they cruise past Sixers

The Miami Heat didn't let their loss in Milwaukee break their spirits. The Heat played a solid game from start to finish in Philly, using a late run to pull away from the home 76ers and cruising to a 99-79 win. With the game still in doubt in the 4th quarter, LeBron James moved to point guard and that sparked a 15-0 Heat run to put the game away.

Also included in the unorthodox lineup led by James was Udonis Haslem and Mile Miller, who contributed with 4 and 12 points, respectively. LeBron finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists, the second time in three games that James was just 2 assists away from his first triple double of the season. LeBron also had two blocked shots, tying with the Sixers Elton Brand for a game-high.

It was another quiet game for Chris Bosh, who took just 11 shots and scored 12 points to go with 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Bosh had been on a scoring binge for the past several weeks, but that stopped a few games ago. In his last three contests, Bosh has scored just 12, 9, and 12 points while pulling in 3, 9 and 5 rebounds. Compared to the numbers he was putting up before, he seems to be in a bit of a funk.

GAME NOTES

  • Dwyane Wade chipped in with 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting, collecting 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal.
  • Mario Chalmers finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds. He hit 3-of-4 from downtown.
  • Chalmers and fellow point guard Norris Cole only had one assist apiece.
  • Cole also scored in double figures though, putting up 11. He made 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, a career high.
  • Miami only turned the ball over 9 times, but the Sixers only gave the ball away 7 times. Solid on both ends.
  • Mike Miller shot 2-of-3 from 3-point range and made 5-of-7 overall, adding 5 rebounds. Miller has been showing that he can do more then just make three point shots.
  • The Heat out-rebounded Philly 47-38.

Next up for Miami, they return home for a pair of non-division games against Toronto and Cleveland. The first comes on Super Bowl Sunday against the Raptors, but the game is nice and early, tipping off at 1pm. Sunday will be a nice day for Heat fans, as we get to watch our team while killing time before the big game.

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