The Miami Heat (20-8) came into the Wells Fargo with an attitude and a swagger and would gut out a hard-fought win that ended Philly’s home win streak at 12.
The Sixers (20-9) seemingly blew the doors off Miami with a stifling first quarter which ended with a ten-point Philadelphia lead, 29-19.
Two-time Championship Coach, Eric Spoelstra made changes and went to a simple zone defense which the home team had issues with.
Miami blew the Sixers windows out with a 37 point second quarter to end the half with a 56-48 advantage.
The third quarter was a chess match with Philly outscoring the Heat, 28-26.
At one point, Miami had a 16 point lead which offset the earlier Philadelphia twelve-point deluge.
The teams moved to the final stanza with Miami dominating due to Philadelphia Coach, Brett Brown scratching his head over having to combat the NCAA style zone defense.
Philadelphia kept the battle alive but was hamstrung by one of their own in Ben Simmons.
In a situation where Simmons should have stepped up, he played very passively.
Former Sixer, Jimmy Butler iced the game with two free throws in the final seconds.
Free Throws?- Kendrick Nunn knocked down 26 points for the Heat with Bam Adebayo adding 23.
Philadelphia was led by Joel Embiid with 23 points and 19 boards.
Tobias Harris drained 20 while Ben Simmons scored 17.
Inside the Game: Miami was 40/85 for a 47.1 from the field and Philly went 38 of 90 (48.2)
Free throws favored Philly, 16 for 18
Rebounds were led by Miami, 47-41.
By: Kevin Neibauer
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