2011 NBA Playoffs: Heat Surging over Sixers After Early Scare
Perhaps inspired by the push the Pacers gave the top-seeded Bulls in the opening game of the 2011 NBA Playoffs, the Philadelphia 76ers gave a slight scare to the Miami Heat in the first half of Saturday afternoon’s 2-versus-7 series opener.
The scare was brief.
All of one quarter to be exact.
Not quite the more than 3 ½ quarter wake-up call that Indiana gave Chicago, but the Sixers dominated the opening quarter by outscoring the sluggish Heat, 31-19. Miami, however, flipped that around in a hurry by outscoring the visitors 35-18 in the second quarter to take a 54-49 lead into the half.
And behind the 51 combined points by the Heat’s talented trio (Chris Bosh leads with 20, followed by LeBron James’ 19 and Dwyane Wade’s 18), Miami is sporting an 11-point lead at the end of three quarters of play.
And similar to the nearly sickening feeling that the Bulls experienced just hours earlier, the Sixers’ scare was and will remain short-lived.
Don’t expect another Philadelphia threat in today’s game, or for the rest of the series, as the Heat will pull away and win the series in five games.
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