The Philadelphia 76ers started off game one of the first round series against the Miami Heat with a blaze of fury. They were getting all of the loose balls, hitting open jump shots, and playing sound defense. At the end of the first quarter they were up 31-19, and I couldn’t be more surprised. Then came the counter from the Heat, they switched to a zone defense causing the Sixers to slow up their pace of the game and forced turnovers and easy fast break points for Miami. The Heat outscored the Sixers 35-18 in the second quarter and led 54-49 going into halftime.
In the third quarter Chris Bosh25 points 12 rebounds) scored 10 points and the Heat led by as much as 16 points. the Sixers got the lead down to eleven and the Heat led 80-69 going into the fourth quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter the heat continued to play stiff defense, outrebound the Sixers and get to the foul line. With 6:09 left the game , Miami held a 88-75 lead over the Philadelphia. The Sixers then made their run, holding the Heat scoreless over the next 4:37 seconds while 12 points of their own on the tails of Thaddeus Young(20 points 11 rebounds), who scored 12 of the teams 20 in the final quarter and the score was 88-87.
The Sixers couldn’t get over the hump as Dwayne Wade(17 pts,7 rebs,5asts) decided to close out the game scoring 5 points including a fading and one, and the Sixers were done for. Lebron James Scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds helping the Heat dominate the Sixers on the glass (52-39). Jrue Holiday played well in his playoff debut scoring 19 points, dishing out 5 assists and grabbing 5 boards.
As I predicted before this series started, the Sixers just don’t have a legit star or superstar player and they will have problem scoring in the half court as was seen today. It didn’t help that they Heat went to the foul line 39 times compared to the Sixers 15. That was an complete outrage, but in the NBA the Star players are going to get the calls. Let’s see if the Sixers can steal game 2 from the Heat and come back to Philly on Thursday with the series tied 1-1.
Game 2 is Thursday at 7pm