Apparently home cooking agrees quite well with the members of the Miami Heat. Last week they ended five game road trip with three straight losses; however they are back on track since returning to their own arena. Miami won their third game in a row on Saturday night as they shot a torrid 54.3% (44-81) from the floor and torched the Philadelphia 76ers 113-92. The Heat had just three players in double-figures in the contest, but two of them would score more than half the team’s points for the night. Chris Bosh knocked down 30 points while LeBron James scored 28 in the contest, which was the third straight game the squad played without starting guard Dwyane Wade.
The Sixers who lead the Atlantic Division have dominated teams with their defense this season; but they were not able to stop Miami from scoring and they had their own problems putting the ball in the net on Saturday. Lou Williams came off the bench with a team high 22 points while Evan Turner came off the pine with 16 points in the loss. Philadelphia came out of the gate strong, but their opponents started to pull away in the second and they never could mount a real challenge the rest of the night.
The two teams stood toe to toe trading blows in the opening period as the game looked like it would be a 48 minute battle. James hit a shot a foot from the basket with 34 seconds to play and Miami had a razor-thin 29-28 advantage at the end of the quarter. The Heat opened up the second on an 8-2 run capped by a 27 foot trey by rookie guard Norris Cole at the 8:56 mark and took a 37-30 lead. The Sixers got their deficit down to three points but Miami pulled ahead once again and went into the locker room at the half on top 56-49.
Philadelphia would get within three points of their hosts early in the third, but they could never get any closer. Shane Battier drained a 25 foot trey with 30 seconds left in the period and the Heat held the upper hand heading into the fourth with the score 81-69. The Sixers trailed by double-digits the entire final quarter and Miami ended up with an easy victory.
Bosh scored 30 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks in the win for the Heat. James knocked down 28 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks while Mario Chalmers had 11 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds, a block and a steal.
Williams put up 22 points, 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 rebound while Turner added 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a block. Center Nikola Vucevic scored 13 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist while Elton Brand chipped in 12 points, 3 blocks, 3 rebounds and a steal. Jrue Holiday had 10 points, 4 assists nd 2 rebounds in the loss. Miami improves to 11-4 and will host the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday while Philadelphia has a 11-5 record and will host the Washington Wizards on Monday.