Heat Outlast 76ers- Win 84-78

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 16: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat goes up for a shot against Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on March 16, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

In a repeat of last year's 1st round matchup, the Miami Heat battled the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. It was a tale of two halves, as Miami controlled early but struggled late.

Miami came out of the gate on fire against the 76ers, dominating on both sides of the floor and posting a double digit lead early. Miami's Big 3 outscored the entire 76ers team 34- 30 in the first half.

The 76ers were able to rally back in the 2nd half after being down by as many as 29 points in the 3rd quarter. Lead by Lou Williams and Evan Turner, the 76ers were able to cut the lead to 4 late in the 4th quarter.

Lebron James was on fire early, posting 18 first half points and finishing with 29 points on an efficient 12-20 shooting with 7 rebounds and 8 assists. He was sensational down the stretch, carrying the Heat just pass the 76ers with a pull up jump shot late and a pair of free throws in the last 90 seconds.

Dwyane Wade nearly tripled doubled in the first half but struggled to find his shot throughout. He finished with 12 points on 6-16 shooting with 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

For the second game in a row, Chris Bosh could not find his rhythm, posting 10 points on just 4-12 shooting.

Coming into this game, the Heat had lost 4 straight road games but were determined to not let it slip. Miami also snapped their 2 game losing streak tonight and with a Chicago loss to the Blazers, they're now 2 and a half games out of 1st place in the Eastern Conference.

Game Notes

  • Miami held the 76ers to a season low 30 1st half points
  • Miami is now 3-0 against the 76ers this season
  • 76ers outscored Miami in bench points 32-21
  • 4 of Miami's starters scored in double digits
  • The Heat were out-rebounded 54-42
  • Miami held the 76ers to 36% shooting
  • Miami is now 16-31 against the 76ers in Philadelphia
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