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Heat spank Sixers; pick up right where they left off.

The first quarter was like watching them try to play basketball in the sand.  It was one of those ‘you can tell they've been off for a week' type of deals.  I was impressed with Beasley's start on D, swatting away two shots in the first two minutes.  I got the feeling that D-Wade was trying to do too much, dribbling himself into trouble several times and either missing his shot or just turning the ball over.  He started by missing 5 of his first 6 shots, and despite having a 6-point lead late, the Heat took just a 2-point lead into the 2nd quarter. 

As was the story in their last two games, the Heat reserve lineup (that includes J-O) extended the lead.  In the first 2+ minutes of the quarter, Miami pumped their lead from 2 to 8.  That included another triple from Daequan Cook, a 27-foot line drive.  The reserves would put up a 14-3 run in the first half of the 2nd quarter.  It helped that Philly was hitting under 35% of their shots, but you won't hear me complaining. 

The lead would shrink to 11 when halftime rolled around, but the Heat still held Philly to just 35% shooting and 0-for-7 from 3-point range.  Michael Beasley responded to a very quiet first half by scoring the first 6 points for the Heat in the 2nd half.  The starters would find their stride and the Heat used a 17-0 run to go up by 28.  It was Jermaine early and then D-Wade got hot after starting the game just 3-for-10 from the field. 

So yeah...the 4th quarter was just a formality, as it tends to be when one team holds a 27-point lead.  Philly played hard down the stretch, but could only muster up a quarter in which they matched the 26 points scored by the Heat.


  • Best game for Quentin Richardson in a while, scoring 10 and adding 10 boards in just 23 minutes.  The trey he hit in the opening minutes definitely set the tone for Q. 
  • Jermaine O'Neal scored 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting.  He added 6 rebounds and a block.  Does anyone even remember the way he played last season with the Heat...especially when compared to this season? 
  • This was the Heat's 181st consecutive game with a blocked shot, the 3rd best streak in the NBA. 
  • Udonis came up 1 rebound short of his third straight double double, but he quietly leads that group of reserves that is turning thins around for the Heat. 
  • Daequan Cook is rounding out his game.  He hit on 4-of-8 but took just three triples, making one. 

Next up, the Nets up in the swampish Meadowlands of New Jersey.  Dare I say...4 in a row?