The Miami Heat got back to their winning ways against the Philadelphia 76ers on Feb.3, defeating the Atlantic Division leaders 99-79.
As expected, the game started out competitively, with both teams going back and forth until the final quarter. The Heat took over the game in the fourth quarter, thanks to a 15-0 run lead by LeBron James.
Dwyane Wade had a solid performance against the 76ers, putting up 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. LeBron didn't have his highest scoring game of the season, but he did step up to the plate when the team needed him the most, switching to the point guard position and turning a competitive game into a blowout. By the time the game was over, LeBron had put up a total of 19 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists, solid numbers by any standard.
"Tonight was probably the best game from start to finish, as far as playing hard and communicating on both ends, that we had all season," James told reporters after the game. "So it was a good win… It was no-holds barred, no tongues being held. If we're going to be held to a championship standard, we need to go out and play like it. No one can take things personal if someone says something to him. We've got to take constructive criticism."
Once again, Mario Chalmers was Miami's third highest scorer, lighting up the 76ers from long range -- converting on three of his four attempts. Chalmers finished the game with 13 points and 7 rebounds.
Mike Miller and Norris Cole put up impressive performances coming off the bench. Miller went 2-3 from long range, while Cole made three of his four attempts. Miller added 12 points to the scoreboard, and Cole had 11 points by the end of the game.
The Heat will get a day off before hosting the Toronto Raptors on Feb. 5. The Raptors are currently 5-10 on the road, and the Heat shouldn't have any problems winning their second straight game.
Associated Press, "LeBron James sparks 15-0 run as Heat put away 76ers"
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