Tonight at 7:30PM ET, the Heat will host the Philadelphia 76ers at the American Airlines Arena, in Miami, FL. This will be the second of four games this season between the two. Miami took the first on November 1st in Philly, 114-96. They'll host the Sixers again on February 23rd, and visit Philadelphia on April 15th.
This will be the fourth game of a seven game homestand for Miami. They lost to the Utah Jazz, 105-87 on Wednesday and the Washington Wizards, 105-103 on Friday before taking down the Boston Celtics 100-84 on Sunday. After tonight's game, they'll host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas, the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, and the Orlando Magic on Monday.
Philadelphia will be in the second of a seven-game road trip. They defeated the Magic, 96-88 on Sunday night, and will head to the west coast for matchups with the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, the Jazz on Saturday, the Golden State Warriors next Tuesday, the Phoenix Suns on January 2nd, and the Los Angeles Clippers the day afterward.
Miami last faced Philadelphia on November 1st. Miami (1-0) defeated Philadelphia (0-2) 114-96 in Philadelphia behind 30 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals from Chris Bosh. Mario Chalmers came off the bench for 20 points, four assists and four steals, while Luol Deng and Shawne Williams each pitched in 15. Tony Wroten led the Sixers with 21 points and 10 assists, while Brandon Davies pitched in 18. * Box Score * Full Recap
When you add new faces to a team, guys are trying to find their own way and find where they can be comfortable in the offense. - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra
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Miami's last game would see the Heat set down the Boston Celtics, 100-84 at the AAA on Sunday. Luol Deng led Miami with 23 points, James Ennis had 16 with eight rebounds, Norris Cole had 15 with four assists and four boards, and three other Miami players finished in double figures. Tyler Zeller had 22 with eight rebounds for Boston, while Jeff Green and Kelly Olynyk each scored 13 in the loss * Box Score * Full Recap
We needed a home win bad. Everybody stepped up. I think we had six people in double-digits tonight. That's what we need from everybody, each and every game. - Mario Chalmers, who scored 11 with 10 helpers
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Also on Sunday, the 76ers earned only their third win of the season, 96-88 over the Orlando Magic. Michael Carter-Williams scored 21 points with six assists, Nerlens Noel had 13 with 12 boards, and Henry Sims had 12 and 12 off the bench for the Sixers. The Magic countered with 23 from Victor Oladipo, 19 points and 17 rebounds from Nikola Vucevic, and 17 from Tobias Harris. * Box Score * Full Recap
It's always great to win, but when you don't win that much, it's even better. I'm not sure what it is. When we're struggling on the road, it's a little easier for us to come back together because everyone is against us. All we have is each other. - MCW, who may be scarred from Philadelphia's having lost 86 of his first 108 games as a professional.
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Head2Head: Miami is 51-52 all-time versus the 76ers, and with tonight's game Philadelphia becomes Miami's fourth most common opponent. The Heat's .495 winning percentage against the Sixers is their 17th best.
Miami Heat: 13-15, .464, on pace for 38-44. Third in the Southeast Division, seventh in the Eastern Conference, tied for 16th in the NBA. Last Five: L-W-L-L-W. Playoff Odds: 55.6%
Philadelphia 76ers: 3-23, .115, on pace for 9-73. Fifth in the Atlantic Division, 15th in the Eastern Conference, 30th in the NBA. Last Five: L-L-L-L-W. Playoff Odds: 0.02%
If Dwyane Wade plays, he needs 63 points to reach the 18,000 mark for his career. Three more three pointers will tie him at 365 with LeBron James, in seventh all-time on the Heat leaderboard.
Chris Andersen is 31 free throws short of his 1,000th. Eight blocks will tie him at 159 with Glen Rice, in 16th for the Heat all-time.
Shawne Williams recently shot himself into #50 on Miami's all-time three-pointer leaderboard, with 48. Four more will see him tie #49, Yakhouba Diawara.
Udonis Haslem needs two free throws to tie the idle Bosh in eighth all time, at 1179. He STILL needs one block to drop John Salley out of a tie for 10th, at 233.
Norris Cole needs five more triples to tie Ricky Davis in #28 with 136. He'll tie Caron Butler in 20th all-time with seven more steals, at 212. If he scores 10 points, he will pass Kevin Willis and tie Billy Owens in 30th all-time, with 1592.
Probable Starting Lineups
PG - Norris Cole
SG - Dwyane Wade
C - Chris Andersen
SF - Luol Deng
PF - Shawne Williams
PG - Michael Carter-Williams
SG - Hollis Thompson
C - Nerlens Noel
SF - Robert Covington
PF - Luc Mbah a Moute
* - starting lineups are a complete guess, especially on the part of the Sixers, who's names I picked out of a hat for this prognostication.