The Miami Heat started game one very slow, allowing the Sixers to jump out to a 31-19 first quarter lead. There would be no slow start for the Heat in Game 2. Miami started the game with a 13-5 run and never looked back, winning 94-73 to take a 2-0 series lead.
While Dwyane Wade and LeBron James were held to just 38 points Saturday, the two combined for 23 in just the first half alone. Chris Bosh, who was big in game one, was also in double figures in the first half, scoring 13 points, while also having seven rebounds. The Big Three’s big first half gave the heat a 49-31 lead at the half. They would end up finishing with 64 of the Heat’s 94 points.
If you’re like me and like to look at the positives, look no further than Evan Turner. He was the silver lining for the Sixers in the first half with ten points, including two three pointers and three rebounds off the bench. However, Evan Turner would disappear in the second half, scoring just score five points after halftime.
Not much would change in the second half.
In the third quarter, the Sixers tried to keep up with the Heat as much as they possibly could, being outshot by just five in the quarter, 26-21, but they still found themselves down 23 points by the start of the fourth, 75-52. While Wade had a quiet second half, James and Bosh had monster second halves. Bosh finished with a 21 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double, while James finished with 29 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.
The Sixers actually outshot the Heat in the fourth quarter, 21-19, led by Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young who would finish with 12 and 18 points respectively, but the lead was too big to overcome as they fell by 21 points. This is the second straight game for Young has led the team in scoring. He had 20 points in game one.
Once again, Andre Igoudala had another poor performance, scoring just five points, and giving Sixers’ fans another reason to dislike the highly paid point-forward.
The scene shifts to Philadelphia for game three on Thursday.