Sixers Survive and Force Game Five.

LeBron James (left) and Andre Iguodala (right)

Hey, LeBron, take your talents somewhere else.

With eight seconds left, Lou Williams hit a deep three to help give the Sixers an 86-82 win to avoid the sweep and send the series back to Miami. Lou Williams was clutch, scoring eleven of his seventeen points in a fourth quarter where the Heat led by as much as seven. The win prevents the Sixers from being swept for the second time in franchise history.

The game started out just like games one, three and four, with the Sixers starting out strong early on. The Sixers opened the game with a 23-to-eight run, and had a 28-16 lead after the first quarter.

But just like three of the first four games, the Heat would rally back. Led by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who would finish with 31 and 22 points respectively, the Heat outscored the Sixers 31-18 in the second quarter to take a 47-46 lead into halftime.

An evenly matched third quarter and an early seven-to-two, fourth quarter run by the Heat set up a fourth quarter comeback by the Sixers. Down 73-68 with 8:04 left, the Sixers went on a 9-2 run led by Williams who scored seven straight points to tie it at 75 on a jump shot from four feet out. Free throws by James kept the game tied at 76 with just over three minutes.

James would score the next four points on two free throws and a step-back jumper to make it 80-76 and Wade tipped one in with just 1:35 left to give the Heat the six-point lead.

But on Easter Sunday, the Sixers would not be denied. Evan Turner, who stepped up with 17 points and seven rebounds, made a running jump shot to get the Sixers with in four. With just 47 seconds left, Jrue Holiday hit a step back three pointer to make it 82-81, and with just eight seconds left, Williams completed the comeback with a straight-away three to give the Sixers an 84-82 lead. Two free throws by Turner put the game away to give the Sixers the 86-82 win.

Elton Brand out-dueled Chris Bosh in the rebound department with 11 compared to Bosh’s five. Brand also added 15 points. Andre Igoudala had his first good game of the series with 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

The series returns to Miami on Wednesday on TNT. The time of the game is yet to be determined.


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