It took a little while but Miami showed the NBA that they can be the dominant force they were picked to be in the beginning of the season.
After a slow start, Miami took control and blew past the 76ers in Game 1 of the first round of NBA Playoff action, 97-89. The win gave Miami a 1-0 lead in the NBA Eastern Quarterfinals.
Chris Bosh led all scorers with 25 points while adding 12 rebounds. LeBron James added 21 points and a game-high 14 rebounds and Dwyane Wade scored 17.
Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 20 points. Jrue Holiday scored 19 points and Elton Brand had 17. Young also had a Sixers high 11 points in the loss.
The Sixers got off to a hot start, leading by as much as 14 points over midway through the first. But once the second quarter started, it was all Miami.
The Heat exploded in the second, outscoring Philly 35-18 while Bosh and James took charge in the scoring. The Sixers were only down five at the half but the Heat made some early distance in the third, leading by as much as 16 to start the third.
The Sixers had one more late push in them. They pulled to within one point with about two minutes to go but Miami took advantage of the Sixers’ missed shots.
Both teams shot poorly throughout the game. But the big difference came with Miami out-rebounding Philadelphia 52-39.
Many are expecting a series sweep or for the Sixers to win one game at best against Miami. With the early energy boost the Sixers had in the beginning of this game, many could expect the Sixers to not go down without a fight, and maybe a couple wins.