Sixers continue to feel the heat. Miami was no different for them. Tonight, your starting 5 consisted of Shake, Ben, Harris, Horford, and Embiid. Jimmy Bulter had a statement game against his former team. The story of the game was the lack of defense from the 76ers and them being soft. This was a tough game to watch and a pathetic performance by Philadelphia.
The first half was a back and forth with 16 lead changes. The 1st quarter ended with a 26-30 Heat lead. Thybulle with some big defensive plays.
In the second quarter, both teams scored 26 points apiece keeping the game close. By the end of the half, Embiid had 14 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal. Simmons put up 11points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists. Scott had 8 points and 3 rebounds. Shake Milton had put up only 6 points. Harris struggled mightily. Tobias only contributed 4 points and 4 rebounds. On the other side court Jimmy “Buckets” putting on a show for his former team. He put up 23 points in the 1st half.
The second half was a completely different story. With only 4 points separating the teams at the start, Miami literally turned up the Heat (Sorry for the cheesiness it is just too easy.) Butler and the rest of the Heat started to run away with the game and the Philly had no response for them.
Jimmy Butler put up a season-high 38 points in just 29 minutes. Miami scored 41 points in the third quarter, and 80 total points in the second half. As Brett Brown starts to sit the starters the Heat kept piling on. Miami only let up 3 turnovers during the whole game setting a franchise record. With a team that is supposed to have a defensive persona, how does this happen? The final score was 137 – 106 Heat. That is the most points the Heat ever scored against the Sixers in franchise history. The Heat remain 22-3 at home.
The Miami stats made the 76ers look foolish. Butler with a season-high 38pts as well as 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists. Dragic with 24 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds. Robinson had 19 points, 3 assists, and 2 rebounds. Adebayo flirted with a triple-double by racking up 18 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds. Jones Jr. contributed 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. Miami was 50% with three-ball tonight.
The only notable stat for the Sixers was Embiid’s double-double coming offa terrible game. Simmons had 16 points but continues to frustrate with not taking open shots and dishing it out to the perimeter. Horford and Harris may as well not have been on the court tonight. Ben Simmons said it himself, “We were soft.”
The Sixers are a measly 11 and 13 over their last 24 games. The entire team looks lethargic on the court and even Thybulle seemed to not be listening to Brown. Players lacked effort and seemed that they were just standing around while the Heat ran away with the game.
With the trade deadline looming, the question is “Will the 76ers make any moves?”