The Philadelphia 76ers traveled to Miami on Saturday Night and played the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena. The 76ers were coming off an excellent win at home Friday Night against the Atlanta Hawks in an excellent team defensive performance. In Saturday Nights game against the Heat the 76ers front line was totally exposed on the defensive side of the court. The Heat went on to beat the 76ers 113-92.
The 76ers did play hard and with fight but they simply did not have enough weapons to match the Heat. Lebron James scored 28 points for the Heat and 16 of them came in the second half. Chris Bosh had a game high 30 points and he completely dominated the game down inside. He showed the rest of the league and also the Sixers head coach Doug Collins that the Sixers front line appears to be their weakness especially against the Heat.
Lou Williams led the Sixers with 22 points and Evan Turner had 16 points. The Heat shot 54.3 percent from the field and outscored the Sixers in the second half 57-47. The Heat were playing their 3rd game in a row without Dwyane Wade and Shane Battier has filled in well for the Heat. The Sixers were without center Spencer Hawes and it really showed.
The Sixers record on the season is 11-5 and they lead the Atlantic Division by five games over the New York Knicks. The Sixers are definitely going to have to get better if they are going to want to compete against the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat, the two top teams in the Eastern Conference. Saturday Night they were exposed. The Sixers are playing aggressive defense and they are well coached under Doug Collins. The Sixers have a relatively soft schedule this coming up week with games coming up against the Wizards, NJ Nets, Charlotte, and Detroit. They need to take totally take advantage of playing the weak teams in the Eastern Conference and win these next four games.