Philadelphia 76ers 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Miami Heat
Elton Brand, PF 31 MIN | 1-6 FG | 6-6 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -11

Not a great effort from the veteran.  He struggled from the floor and, again, couldn’t do much to stop Chris Bosh.

Andre Iguodala, SF 26 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -9

Iguodala was in the midst of a solid, if unspectacular, performance when Mario Chamlers swiped for a ball he was holding late in the third, missed, and caught him in the left eye.  It was a scary moment he didn’t return from, but Iguodala looks to be fine.  They’re calling it an “eye contusion.” We’ll put this one in the Reasons We Prefer Watching Sports to Playing Them category.
(Oh, and as for Iguodala’s importance on defense: With AI9 out of the game, LeBron scored 15 in the final period.)

Spencer Hawes, C 33 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -9

He had a few second quarter dunks and played a strong fourth, but since returning from injury, Spence looks more like the guy he was the first four seasons of his career than the one he was in January.  Not surprising, but still a disappointing development.

Evan Turner, SG 40 MIN | 12-19 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 26 PTS | -2

A very encouraging performance from Turner.  He rode a brilliant second quarter–11 points on 5-of-7 shooting–to one of his best nights of the season.  It was his second straight great performance against Miami.  Something about the big stage seems to invigorate him, which is, obviously, exciting.

Jrue Holiday, PG 32 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 8 PTS | -13

One of those nights that makes me wonder what everybody, myself included, sees in him.  He looked indecisive, and went 1-of-6 from the floor for two points in the second half.

Lou Williams, PG 30 MIN | 6-17 FG | 4-6 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 18 PTS | +4

Some nights your shot is falling, some night’s it isn’t.  Lou Williams shoots regardless.

Thaddeus Young, F 32 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +5

If the Sixers had gotten “Good Thad” instead of the guy who showed up on Tuesday, it might have made all the difference.  Though he heated up, comparatively, in the second half, Thad struggled early to insinuate himself into the action.

Jodie Meeks, G 17 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +5


After the Jump, Six things We Saw Tonight

1.  The Sixers ran into a buzzsaw named LeBron James, and there’s no shame in that. With his PIC Wade out, The King scored 41 to go with six rebounds, four assists, and three steals. “Do it in the playoffs and we’ll talk!” counters the Internet.

2.  If the Sixers draw Miami in the playoffs, and god help me, it’s looking increasingly likely they will, they’ll be hard pressed to win a game. What I once viewed as a matchup advantage for the Sixers–wings are the strength of our team, so we have better bodies to stick on LeBron and Wade than most–suddenly looks like an insurmountable disadvantage: where we’re pretty good, they’re great; where we’re weak, they’re pretty good. There is no area of advantage, nothing to exploit.

3.  “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish” is a cringe-inducingly stupid adage. Both are equally important. That said, the fact that the Sixers shot 17-of-43 in the second half after cracking 50 percent from the floor before the break sure didn’t help here.

4.  More second half bad news: after entering the half up 54-51, the Sixers allowed the Heat to rip off a 12-1 third quarter run that they never recovered from.

5.  Shane Battier can still play. With the Sixers threatening late, and the Heat hanging on for dear life, Battier dove for a loose ball–an absolute, sell-out-your-body-to-make-the-play move your rarely see from financially secure guys on the wrong side of 30–and snagged it one-handed as his flank slammed into the hardwood, saving possession for Miami with 90 seconds left. A LeBron dunk later, it was game.

6.  I’m depressed.

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