Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Miami
It was the first time the 76ers were able to beat the Heat during the regular season since the Big Three formed in 2010. It should be noted that Dwyane Wade sat this one out to rest, but this was still an impressive win by a Philadelphia team that most have pegged to be the worst team in the NBA this season.
Three Sixers players recorded 20-plus points, with Evan Turner leading everyone with 26. Michael Carter-Williams was fantastic, coming up one steal shy of a triple-double. He scored 22 points, dished out 12 assists and recorded those nine steals while also grabbing seven rebounds.
For the Heat, LeBron James led the way with 25 points and 13 dimes, and Chris Bosh tallied a double-double of his own with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Note: Grades are based off of stats, efficiency, overall impact on both ends of the court and how the players performed when it mattered most.
Point Guard: Mario Chalmers
Mario Chalmers went scoreless in the first quarter, but afterward, he put together a pretty solid performance.
Chalmers would go on to score 13 of his 16 points in the second and third periods, draining threes and taking advantages of defensive breakdowns by Philadelphia to get to the rim.
Chalmers scored those 16 points in just 23 minutes. He was also very efficient, going 6-of-12 from the floor and hitting on four of his five three-point attempts. "Rio" added four assists, four rebounds and three steals to his numbers.
Fine night for Chalmers all-around.
Shooting Guard: Roger Mason Jr.
Dwyane Wade got the night off in this one, so Roger Mason Jr. got the start at shooting guard.
The veteran got off to a very sloppy start in the first quarter, throwing the ball away a couple of times and looking very uncomfortable as he tried to integrate himself into Miami's offense.
He would knock down a three in the second quarter, but that would be it for Mason.
The guard shot 1-of-3 from the floor and handed out two assists in 15 minutes of action.
Small Forward: LeBron James
Not surprisingly, LeBron James was the first Miami player to score after going down 19-0 in the first quarter, and he ended up scoring seven points in the period. He then steadily paced the offense in the second, scoring six points and handing out three assists as the Heat chipped away and pulled to within two by halftime.
James would proceed to explode in the third quarter, racking up 10 points and seven dimes and drilling three triples.
After sitting out the first half of the fourth, LeBron checked in and converted an alley-oop slam off a nice feed from Chalmers (I'm surprised it took James that long to throw one down).
However, the rest of the fourth quarter was a disaster for James. He was stripped numerous times down the stretch and forced a couple of shots, particularly one in the lane with 27.5 seconds remaining.
LeBron would complete his night with a gaudy stat line, going for 25 points and 13 assists while shooting 9-of-17 from the floor (4-of-7 from deep), but the miscues late in the game keep him from getting a perfect score.
Power Forward: Udonis Haslem
Udonis Haslem didn't really make much of a dent in this one.
In 11 minutes, he scored two points on one shot. That was the extent of his impact on the box score. He didn't collect a single rebound, dish out an assist or record a block.
Yes, he only played 11 minutes, but being that he is the starting power forward, it would be nice if Haslem would have at least grabbed a couple of boards.
Center: Chris Bosh
After not registering a point in the first quarter, Chris Bosh caught fire. The big man scored 20 of his 22 points in the second and third periods combined, and he did it in a variety of ways.
Bosh knocked down mid-range jumpers, he hit a couple of threes, and he did some nifty maneuvering in the paint, particularly a beautiful finger-roll layup in the third quarter.
However, Bosh disappeared offensively in the fourth, scoring only two points and not hitting a field goal.
Still, you have to like what Bosh did overall in this one.
The center hauled in 10 rebounds to go along with those 22 points, and he also shot the ball well, connecting on eight of his 13 attempts from the field and going 2-of-3 from distance. He also hit all four of his free-throw attempts.
Sixth Man: Ray Allen
To say that Ray Allen caught fire in the third quarter would be an understatement.
The all-time leader in three-point field goals hit four triples in quick succession, one being a bomb from past half court at the buzzer.
The veteran and two-time champion scored 19 points off 7-of-13 shooting, going 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. He also got into the lane numerous times, demonstrating the kind of finesse around the rim that he displayed during his years with the Boston Celtics.
Allen didn't just score Wednesday night, though. He added six rebounds and two steals, all of this in just 22 minutes of action.
Superb performance by Ray.
The Heat entered the second quarter down by 19, and the bench got them back in the game.
Norris Cole and Rashard Lewis in particular energized Miami, Cole hustling and getting to the basket and Lewis showing small flashes of the player he once was.
Lewis finished this one with 11 points off 4-of-8 shooting, and Cole tallied 10 on a 5-of-8 clip.
Shane Battier didn't shoot the ball well, going 1-of-8 and misfiring on all seven of his three-point attempts, but he played the role of agitator like usual, drawing charges and doing some sneaky veteran moves to frustrate the 76ers.
Chris Andersen played 14 minutes, but his impact was minimal.
Thanks to Cole and Lewis, Miami's bench earns decent marks.