For the most part, it was ugly for the Miami Heat. Thankfully, the Philadelphia 76ers were even more unsightly. In a game that won't be part of any NBA highlight packages, the Heat outlasted the winless 76ers 96-91 Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena. They won despite one of the worst performances of the season, especially on the offensive end. It came against the perfect opponent, with the Sixers falling to 0-14. They have lost 24 straight games, dating to last season. "This is not how as a coach you design it," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "… Our most passionate basketball was the fourth quarter, particularly on the defensive end." For three-and-a-half quarters, the Heat's offense was guard Dwyane Wade. He finished with 27 points on 8-of-17 shooting, surpassing the 19,000-point mark for his career. He is just one of 51 players in league history reach the plateau. Wade didn't receive help until late courtesy of a Chris Bosh 3-pointer and a personal 5-0 run by rookie Justise Winslow. Bosh finished with 13 points on 3-of-11 shooting while center Hassan Whiteside had 13 points, nine rebounds and eight blocks. Luol Deng and Winslow each scored 11. The struggles shouldn't come as a surprise, considering their recent problems against the Sixers. The Heat are no strangers to experiencing unexpected difficulty against a team that has won a combined 37 games in the two previous seasons. Last year Miami blew a 23-point loss two days before it was supposed to face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Sixers also defeated the Heat at home at least once in each of the past two seasons.
Heat rally late to defeat winless Sixers 96-91
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Nov 22