The Miami Heat brought a three-game losing streak with them to visit the Philadelphia 76ers and succeeded in reversing their fortune. In a game that lacked a single lead change, the Heat prevailed 101-86.
Chris Bosh led all scorers with 25 points plus six boards (three offensive), four dimes, two steals and five blocks, one blocked shot short of trying his career-high. LeBron James finished two rebounds short of a triple-double thanks to 21 points and 10 assists. Dwyane Wade celebrated his 32nd birthday with eight points, three blocks and some early foul trouble.
Tony Wroten led the 76ers with 13 points. Spencer Hawes had a double-double with 10 and 10. Michael Carter-Williams—who nearly has a quadruple-double in his NBA debut as the Sixers beat the Heat on Oct. 30—missed six of seven field-goal attempts and had five turnovers to only two assists.
Mario Chalmers returned from a sore Achilles and helped contribute to some blistering ball movement for Miami in the first half. The Heat (28-11) headed to the locker room with 17 assists on 20 field goals and a 68-41 lead.
The Sixers (13-26) struggled from the field all night and canned just two of their 20 three-point tries. Their final mark of 37 percent shooting was only due to the second unit's strong fourth-quarter play against Miami's starters.
One game after committing 24 turnovers, Philly fumbled away 23 in this loss. Shane Battier put on a clinic on both ends against the young and frenetic Sixers. He had 13 points, three steals, two blocks and two drawn charges.
The Heat "improved" to 1-3 so far on this six-game road trip, and they wrap this back-to-back when they visit the Charlotte Bobcats. The road trip finishes against the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 20.
The Sixers have dropped five of their last six games and start a three-game road trip with the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 18.