Last night the Philadelphia 76ers faced the challenge of the Miami Trio for the second time this year.
In their first meeting, the Heat defeated the Sixers 97-87 in the season opener. Although the Sixers lost by 10 points, it was a much closer game than the box score showed.
The Sixers gave the Heat a scare with a fourth quarter comeback, but they still lacked the perimeter defense.
Now, we faced them again looking for revenge.
Unfortunately, the Sixers could not succeed in that goal. It was almost the same outcome as the previous matchup, losing this time by nine.
Even though we lost by a lesser deficit, we played a little sloppier on the offensive side as opposed to last time where we were sloppier on the defensive end.
In this game we saw a stellar performance from bench player Jodie Meeks. Leading the Sixers in points, Meeks dropped 21 points in just 25 minutes of play off the bench.
It was a surprising outing from the young athlete, and it will be very interesting to see if this was just a one game wonder.
Aside from Meeks, no one else really stood out besides Andre Iguodala. He played well and was one rebound away from a double-double. He scored 20 points and grabbed nine boards on the night.
As for our young superstar, Evan Turner, he was scoreless for the night in 23 minutes of play, and Elton Brand shot 4-of-13 from the floor.
Surprisingly, we did beat the Heat in defensive rebounds, 31 to 27.
However, one vital reason why we lost the game was because of the substantial number of turnovers.
Every player who entered the game Friday night with the exception of two, had at least one turnover. Brand was the main culprit, turning the ball over five times.
It's amazing how close we come to beating a team, yet there is always that one mistake we make or one aspect we don't follow through that costs us the game.
When asked about the game last night, head coach Doug Collins replied, "Our guys played their tails off and fought like crazy. It's so disappointing that they can't taste a win."