That LeBron James guy, he should play more often. Competing in his first game in the month of April, James led a dominant run in the fourth quarter and the Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 106-87 on Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena. The playoffs can’t get here fast enough for the Heat, but until then the team can bide its time doing things like defeating the Sixers for the 15th consecutive time. The next milestone for the Heat (60-16) can come on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks, which will likely be the Heat’s opponent in the first round of the playoffs. A victory against Milwaukee will tie the Heat’s franchise record (61) for wins in a regular season. James sat out three games in a row with a tight right hamstring but returned against Philadelphia with a smoothness as if he had never been away. He finished with 27 points, going 12 of 17 from the field, and had four rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes of work. The reduced minutes will likely continue for James for the rest of the regular season. “I wasn’t limited at all,” James said. “I wasn’t going to come back until I knew I was ready. I felt good the last couple of days, so I gave it a go.” The Heat has six games remaining in the regular season with a magic number of two to earn the best record in the NBA. James apparently asked for more minutes against the Sixers, which is a good sign that the heaviness in his legs has lifted, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra rebuffed the Heat’s star.
LeBron James returns, leads Miami Heat over 76ers
Miami Herald | Apr 7