The Heat snapped their three game losing streak, defeating the Sixers 101-86, to improve their record to 28-11.
For the Heat, Chris Bosh led with a game-high 25 points, to go along with six rebounds and five blocks. LeBron James scored 21 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished a game-high 10 assists. Norris Cole and Shane Battier each scored 13 points.
For the Sixers, Tony Wroten scored a team-high 13 points off the bench. Evan Turner scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds. Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes, and Hollis Thompson each scored 10 points.
This was the Heat team we were used to seeing, and they showed up right on time. Their better defensive effort, as evidenced by the 37% shooting and 23 turnovers from the Sixers, was something that had been missing over the past few weeks. The team seemed more engaged than they have in a while, and those defensive stats are a result.
As for the offensive side of the ball, the Heat were much more active and moved the ball much better, which is shown in their 30 assists. Bosh was featured much more tonight, as James played the role of facilitator until the 4th quarter. Bosh had his jump shot working, and his teammates made sure he got the ball to do what he does best.
The Heat’s next game is tomorrow night, against the Charlotte Bobcats (17-24). The tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.