|Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 8-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | -17 In the land of League Pass, ET is the Greek God of stat sheet stuffing. Every single play-by-play commentator loves his versatility. Turner scored 16 points on 19 shots and turned the ball over five times. He didn’t get to the foul line.|
|Spencer Hawes, C 25 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -15 Hawes and Chris Bosh, the starting centers, combined for three rebounds. A record low, perhaps?|
|Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 8-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 21 PTS | -16 Why not stick Holiday on Dwyane Wade? Cover the opposition’s top scoring guard with a strong defender instead of a weak defender. Jrue had an efficient 21 points off 11 field goal attempts, but should have spent more time on Wade.|
|Nick Young, SG 33 MIN | 8-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -17 He made all five of his field goals in the first quarter and his red-hot shooting kept the Sixers in the game. The problem: His nearly perfect and unsustainable first-quarter offensive output was offset by his shaky, non-existent defense on Dwyane Wade. Young finished with 19 points but was the main culprit for Wade’s incredibly efficient 33-point, 14-for-18 night.|
|Dorell Wright, SF 32 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | -16 Wright was shot-happy going against his former team, hitting 5-for-10 from beyond the arc. Half of those came in the fourth quarter with the game decided.|
By the Numbers
The Sixers scored zero fastbreak points. The Heat had 18.
Quote of the Game
“I tried so hard and got so far. But in the end it doesn’t even matter.”
LeBron James caught the ball after the opening tip-off, leaned down, and nonchalantly hiked it to Mario Chalmers. It’s apparently this new thing he does now that he has conquered the sport of basketball. After playing long snapper on the first possession, he quarterbacked the rest of the game. To the surprise of no one, he recorded a triple-double and the Heat beat the Sixers for the 12th consecutive time.
The Sixers hung around for a few minutes but their weak perimeter defense was exposed early on. Wade scored 33, Ray Allen hit 4-of-6 3-pointers, and LeBron went for 16-10-11. The Big 3 didn’t even go into attack mode. They didn’t need to.