Philadelphia is known for its brotherly love and for being home of the 76ers. As expected, no love was waiting for the Miami Heat as they traveled to the Wells Fargo Center to face off with Philly.
After winning a big game against the Chicago Bulls Tuesday night, the Heat had to regroup and get ready for a back to back game. You could tell the Heat were tired during the first quarter, considering the 76ers jumped out to a 19-0 lead. That deficit put Miami in a big enough hole to lose the game. As I’ve mentioned before, Miami flicked their “switch” and they pressed back to eventually take the lead.
It was opening night for the 76ers. Emotions were high and their young stars were ready to start off the season right. There wasn’t any love for LeBron James and the Heat, but there was plenty of love for the 76ers’ former star player Allen Iverson as he retired last night. With all of this excitement, the new era of 76er stars were ready to embark on a new season.
Michael Carter-Williams led Philadelphia to victory as he scored 22 points, along with 12 assists, and nine steals. This was Carter-Williams NBA debut and it will be one to remember as he had Allen Iverson cheering him on and he beat the defending NBA champs 114-110. Carter-Williams was impressive in the fourth as he made two late free throws to seal the win. Spencer Hawes also played well for Philadelphia by scoring 24 points and hitting a clutch 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter.
I’m not surprised that the Heat lost this game. After being down by 19 points I knew it would be a long game for them. They played a tough game Tuesday night and making that trip to Philadelphia can be fatiguing and it showed.
Despite the loss, the Heat can take some positives from this game. Dwyane Wade didn’t play, opting to rest his sore knee, so that alone made a difference. LeBron James scored 25 points, grabbed four rebounds, and had 13 assists; his “Magic” side was intact last night. Chris Bosh played a solid game scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen also played well, both scoring in double digits, so the Heat can’t be too upset with this loss.
The eastern conference is going to be tough for the Heat. Every team is trying to take them out whather it be the 76ers, Charlotte Bobcats, or San Antonio Spurs. Miami has to be on point every night.
It’s early in the season so they’ll get better, but they can’t afford these rocky starts. The Heat sent a message to the league Tuesday night as they owned the Bulls, but last night showed their weakness.
However, last night also showed their strengths. When Miami makes teams play their style of basketball, teams suffer. No team in the NBA can run with the Miami Heat, they’ve been proving that the past three years. If Miami can stick to their style of play, which is playing with a small lineup and running the court; what team can beat them? The Heat are back on the road as they face off with the Brooklyn Nets Friday night at 8:00 on ESPN.
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