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Sixers fall short versus Heat, now 0-3 against Miami

The Philadelphia 76ers (25-19) wanted to prove they can hang with the big boys. They got that shot against the East’s second-seeded Miami Heat on Friday, but came up short in a furious comeback rally, losing 84-78.

Iguodala fights for a loose ball against Shane Battier (PI).

The Heat seemed to be in zone early on, with LeBron scoring 10 of his own as they took a 19-6 lead only six minutes in. This would be en route to a 31-18 first quarter lead.

After the Sixers cut the lead to 10 with 7:22 left in the second, the Heat went on a 14-0 run to push the lead to 52-28; James Jones’ three capped off the run with 2:30 left in the period. The Heat were simply dominating the defensive side of the floor, forcing turnovers and blocking shots left and right. A Dwayne Wade jumper early in the third quarter gave them their largest lead at 29, but then the roles seemed to be reversed.

Lou Williams, Nikola Vucevic, and Elton Brand each scored several buckets as the Sixers cut the Heat’s lead to only 13 by the end of the third quarter, and then a 10-0 run featuring 5 points each from Jodie Meeks and Evan Turner midway through the fourth had Miami’s lead at a paltry 5. The Sixers were about to make one of the greatest comebacks of all time.

However, LeBron would have none of it. He and Udonis Haslem made a couple shots apiece late in the game to stave off the Sixers’ rally, as Miami won the game by 6.

The Heat were led by the aforementioned LeBron, who scored 29, grabbed 7 boards, and added 8 assists to go along with 2 steals and 2 blocks. Dwayne Wade chipped in with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists plus 2 steals and 2 blocks as well.

For Philadelphia, Andre Iguodala led the way with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals. Turner and Williams had 13 and 12 respectively scoring-wise, while Vucevic scored 9 in his eighth NBA start.

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Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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