The Sixers ran the doors off a hapless Heat team for the first two and a half quarters. Jwil was heaving up bad shots, walking the ball up the floor, playing no defense and his teammates weren't helping too much either. Dwyane Wade had 6 points in the first half, the Heat as a team turned the ball over again and again. The Sixers' lead ballooned to 17 points before the Heat finally figured out the one move they needed to make to compete...they benched Jwil. Jwil and his white socks over black tights remained firmly seated on the end of the bench as Wade did his best to bring Miami back from the abyss.
The Heat held a 6 point lead with a little over 3 minutes to go, that's when Antoine Walker's luck ran out, and the Sixers turned up the heat. Even Willie Green's 3 missed foul shots weren't enough to derail the Sixers, and they went on a 9-0 run by attacking the basket, getting to the line and playing solid D. The Heat pulled to within two with under 5 seconds left and had the ball but no timeouts. Wade got the ball on the wing, and took a desperation three for the win. It was a horrible shot, but he got bailed out by the ref who blew the whistle and called Andre Miller for a phantom foul. Wade went to the line with 2.1 seconds left on the clock and three shots to win the game. Let the choking begin. Wade clanked the first shot, then sank the final two to send it to OT.
In overtime, the heavy minutes Wade and company were forced to play during the second-half comeback because coach Ron Rothstein knew he couldn't send Jwil back out on the court took their effect. The Sixers were quicker and hungrier, and came out on top. Kyle Korver had ice in his veins, sinking 4 free throws in the final seconds to close the deal.
This Miami Heat team is in serious trouble. The Heat announcers keep saying that Slaq has stayed in shape during his months on the shelf, but I don't buy it. Not to mention the fact that he was supposed to be back on the 15th and he's still listed as day-to-day. Even when he does come back, the glue that held the team together, coach Pat Riley, has already written the season off, choosing to go under the knife rather than coach this group of veterans who are more than satisfied with their ring from last year and content to play out the string this year.
The player of the game tonight is Andre Iguodala. He had a poor shooting night (4-12 from the field) but came up huge from the foul line down the stretch (8-8 from the line) and finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals.
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