The Miami Heat were on their way to a blowout victory, until “Welcome to Miami” singer and famous actor, Will Smith, showed up courtside to cheer on the Sixers, the team he owns a part of. At the end, the Heat (32-11) managed to hold on to the lead and beat the Sixers (25-19) 84-78.
Miami started off strong, being led by LeBron James, who had 29 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals and blocks. The first half was all Miami, who raced to a 57-30 lead at halftime. Dwyane Wade had one of his worst shooting games of the season, s going 6-16 from the floor with 12 points. Wade did manage to grab 11 rebounds and dish out 6 assists. Chris Bosh continued his slump, shooting 4-12 and only having 10 points and 6 rebounds. Mario Chalmers shot well, 4-6 from the field, including 2 threes, and had 10 points and 4 assists.
The Heat’s bench played solid, but did not do anything amazing. Udonis Haslem went 5-7 with 10 points and Shane Battier chipped in with 6. Miami got outrebounded 54-42 and shot a terrible 52.6% from the free throw line. When the 3rd quarter started, Miami came out soft and the lead started to dwindle.
Philadelphia was led by Evan Turner, 13 points and 8 rebounds, and All-Star Andrew Iguodala, who had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Sixth man and the Sixers’ leading scorer on the season, Lou Williams, had 12 points and 4 assists off the bench for Philadelphia. The Sixers were without Spencer Hawes, whose achilles is still sore. Even without him, the Sixers managed to outrebound the Heat and eliminate the post.
Miami got complacent with their huge lead and almost blew this game. For some reason, it seems like the Heat never come out strong in the 2nd half. As a title contender, it’s important for Miami to always come out strong and build on that lead, not to try and maintain it. Also, rebounding continues to be a major issue for the Heat. Miami is now 5-4 and after the All-Star break and takes on Orlando on Sunday. Come to All U Can Heat tomorrow for a preview of the game.