The Philadelphia 76ers knew going into Tueday nights game at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami that it was going to be a very difficult and tough game against Miami, especially after the Heat suffered an embarrassing lost to the Boston Celtics on Sunday in Boston. The Heat were going to be very angry and no doubt they would want to get that bad taste from Sunday out of their mouth. The Sixers totally knew that and for three quarters they played right with the Heat. It was the third quarter of this basketball game that cost the Sixers on Tuesday night. The Heat were also playing without Dwyane Wade but they still defeated the Sixers, 99-93.
The Sixers did put together a good game against the Heat. They just had one bad quarter and that pretty much was the difference in the game against Miami. The Sixers totally struggled in the third quarter. They just scored 16 points in the quarter and in the process also the Sixers Andre Iguodala left the game after suffering an eye injury.
The Sixers with their bad third quarter got to within three points of the Heat in the fourth quarter, 86-83. They could not get any closer to the Heat in the game and the Heat moved their record to 38-14, while the Philadelphia 76ers moved their season record to 29-24.
Lebron James had a season high 41 points which led the Heat. Mario Chambers had 19 points and Chris Bosh had 17 points.
The Sixers were led by Evan Turner who scored 26 points and had 8 rebounds as well. Lou Williams had 18 points. Spencer Hawes had 12 points and Andre Iguodala ahd 11 points but it was not enough for the Sixers.
The Sixers come back to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Wednesday night to play Toronto. The Sixers need to get a win and they need a win badly. They do need to take the positives out of Tuesday nights game against Miami and utilize them to their advantage the rest of the regular season. They need to build from it and find a way to win the Atlantic Division. This team without winning the division could be a seventh seed and the means a first round matchup against either Miami or Chicago. That will not be easy and would most likely be a one and done scenario for the Sixers in the playoffs. The Sixers know exactly what they have to do and that is to win the division.