The Miami Heat lost big time, 130-103, to the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of their first round series as the home team outscored the visitors by 31 points, 74-43, in the second half on historically bad playoff defense by Miami.
The Heat actually jumped out to an early 35-23 lead in the first quarter after a Kelly Olynyk basket, and due to great play by the bench unit, finished the quarter with a six point lead, 35-29.
The 76ers outscored the Heat 27-25 in the second quarter, but still trailed 4 points at the half, 60-56.
Goran Dragic extended Miami’s lead to 63-56 after intermission with a 3-point basket, and then the 76ers went on a decisive 15-0 run to effectively put the game away, as Miami had no answer for the barrage of 3-pointers in the second half.
The Heat looked like the rookies in the closing half as they allowed the 76ers to make 73% of their 3-point attempts and 26 of their total 46 tries from the field, while Miami missed 5 free throws and Philadelphia only two.
On the whole the combination of Hassan Whiteside and Josh Richardson were unplayable together as they made only of 2 of their 11 shots, for a total of 6 points for the entire game.
Usually Richardson plays the most minutes of anybody on the team, but his 27 minutes were fourth behind the 31 of Dragic, Olynyk, and Justise Winslow, probably due his team worst -30 rating, in only 27 minutes.
Starters no named James Johnson made a combined 4 of their 20 two-point attempts, to destroy any chance to bench the 76ers outside threats by forcing them to put bigger defenders on the court, i.e. the Heat didn’t attack the rim when Amir Johnson was benched in the second half.
The final box score showed the Heat outscored the 76ers on fast break points 14 to 4, but were outdone in the paint by 10 points, and a whopping 17 points outside of it.
The Heat learned nothing from the New York Knicks 122-98 loss, and repeated the exact same mistakes:
- Three-pointers: 76ers 18-28; Knicks 18-37
- Field goals: 76ers 45-95; Knicks 45-89
- Rebounds: 76ers 50; Knicks 51
- Assists: 76ers 34; Knicks 33
- Personal Fouls: 76ers 23; Knicks 23
Sixers coach Brett Brown knew Miami’s weaknesses from the Knicks’ game and followed the same script for a humiliating win on national television.
As the cliche goes, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.”