The fired-up Miami Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 101-86 Friday night, at the Wells Fargo Center, before a near-sellout crowd of 19,286 fans. This snapped a previous three-game losing streak to their Atlantic Division opponents – the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards.
For the 76ers, it was not a good night. They shot for a season-low 10 percent (2 of 20) from 3-point range, 36.9 percent (31 of 84) from the field and 59.5 percent (22 of 37) from the free throw line.
76ers coach Brett Brown said. "I thought we had some good looks. But 2-for-20 is 2-for-20. How about the free-throw number? … Those are enormous numbers. “
Sixth man Tony Wroten led the 76ers with1 3 points, Evan Turner 11 points and Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes and Hollis Thompson 10 each.
Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams had only seven points, two assists but five turnovers. Not nearly the 22 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists and nine steals seen against the Heat in Philadelphia's season opener.
For the Heat, LeBron James scored 21 points, grabbed eight rebounds and 10 assists. Chris Bosh added a game-high 25 points; Shane Battier and Norris Cole each scored 13 points.
By half time, the Heat was leading by double digits, 58-41, and never relinquished the lead. At one point they had a 25-point spread.
"Personally, it seems 1,000 years ago," Brown said about their previous victory against the Heat.
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