Before the game, Miami Heat forward LeBron James interrupted his stretching to politely ask a cameraman to move a few steps to the right. The cameraman was blocking James' view of the television in the locker room. On the screen wasn't a football game, as the Heat are known to watch during this time. No, it was a replay of an early-season loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. That's how focused James and the Heat were for the rematch. They came out looking like two-time defending champions in their 101-86 victory Friday at Wells Fargo Center, snapping a three-game losing streak. Center Chris Bosh led Miami with 25 points on 11 of 18 shooting while James had 21 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. "Every now and then, you just need to refocus, re-boot the system and understand the job at hand," James said. "Even me." The Heat took things back to the basics, with defense once again being the emphasis. The preparation began with a longer than usual film session before Thursday's practice. It was evident it worked the way they defended, especially in the first half. They held the Sixers to 36 percent shooting, including 2 of 20 from the 3-point line, just two days after being carved by the Washington Wizards.
Heat snap 3-game skid with 101-86 win versus 76ers
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jan 18