Miami Heat shooting returns for huge W in 1st half of 76ers home & home, 101-99

Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat looks to pass during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers(Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat looks to pass during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers(Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /

Coming off of two terrible defeats in their last two games against the Milwaukee Bucks and the Charlotte Hornets, the Miami Heat got a colossal road victory on Monday night over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Not only getting off the schneid that has been their last two games as far as shooting the ball and the offense goes, they were also able to go into a conference foe’s home building and get a big victory.

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Leading the game from wire to wire, pretty much, going up in the first quarter with around nine minutes left and only seeing the Sixers take the lead late in the game as it hung in the balance of the final moments and for just a moment or two then, the Miami Heat played, arguably, their most complete game of the year to walk away victorious.

The Miami Heat needed a win in the worst way off two of their poorest showings of the year. And they got it, by way of one of their best showings of the year.

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And, of course, it is no coincidence, this game coincided, with a, somewhat, return of their shooting ability.

Going 15-37 from three-point range, the Miami Heat would propel themselves to victory over the 76ers in the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night on the back of that very range shooting and their defense, the two things that have categorized this Miami Heat team, specifically, over the last few seasons and to great success.

When you also include the fact that Jimmy Butler was Jimmy Butler, the guy that has carried them deep into the postseason in two of the three years of his tenure thus far, that’s how the Miami Heat got a tough win on Monday night. Those are also all of the things that you hope can help them bounce back to where you know they can get to as the season continues the churn down to a close.

Bam Adebayo didn’t have a great offensive game, something that’s plagued him since returning from the All-Star break, but he did make one of the biggest defensive plays of the game on Joel Embiid in the closing clutch moments of the game. This is why Bam is great, as even when the shot isn’t falling, you can depend on plays like this one.

Again after the Miami Heat’s shooting woes across the previous couple of games, it’s just great to see that this version of the Miami Heat team still exists on some level. With the second part of the home-and-home series against the 76ers on Wednesday in Miami, that’ll be the real test.

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Hopefully, this same Heat team and their shooting can show up.