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article imageNBA: Heat beat Sixers with 94-73 victory to take 2-0 lead

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By Austin Tyler     Apr 19, 2011 in Sports
Miami - In game one the 76ers got out to a quick start and held the lead for awhile. This game the Heat jumped out early and controlled the game. Miami came in with questions about Dwayne Wade because he had migraines, but James and Bosh carried the load again.
The Miami Heat (58-24) hosted the Philadelphia 76ers (41-41) for game two of their Eastern Conference Playoffs matchup. The Heat seems to be hitting their stride in this playoff race with back-to-back blowouts in this series. The Heat got a big win in game one 97-89, and tonight they pulled off a bigger win with a 94-73 victory.
Miami opened the game with a 10-3 run as the Sixers struggled with making basket. Jure Holiday scored at the 10:51 mark, and they did not score again until Elton Brand made one of his two free-throws. During the Heat’s run Dwayne Wade got a steal and broke away for a dunk that excited the crowd.
The Sixers took a time at the 6:11 mark with the Heat up 13-5. The Sixers came out the timeout and got within four with buckets from Jodie Meeks and Jure Holiday. The score stayed at 13-9 for awhile until LeBron James made a jumper and Joel Anthony made a tip-in to make in 17-9. The Sixers got back within four, but a James Jones jumper at the buzzer made it 19-13 to end the period.
Chris Bosh made a three-point play to open the second quarter as the Heat went on a 7-2 spurt to take a 26-15 lead. Evan Turner hit a three-pointer that forced Miami to take a timeout with the score 26-18. After the timeout Miami pushed their lead to 14 points with back to back baskets from LeBron James.
Miami ended the second quarter with an 11-4 run that gave them an 18 point lead going into halftime. Thaddeus Young was the only one to score the four points for the Sixers during that run.
The Sixers opened the third quarter with a jumper from Spencer Hawes dunk to make it 33-49. Miami continued to push their lead as the Sixers tried to battle back with a three-pointer from Jodie Meeks at the 8:42 mark to make it 53-37. The Heat was up by as much as 21 until Jure Holiday made a three-pointer to make it 58-40. {image(83560,center,large)
LeBron James made a three-pointer to make it 61-42. Jrue Holiday made a three-pointer at the 3:48 to make it 68-50, but LeBron James answered with a three-pointer of his own and another bucket to give the Heat a 23 point lead 73-50 and forced the Sixers to take another timeout. Holiday made a jumper at the buzzer, but that only knocked the Heat’s lead down to 75-52.
Miami opened the final period with an 8-2 run that made it 83-51 early in the period. The Sixers answered back with an 8-0 spurt of their own that made it 83-65 with 5:31 left before LeBron James made a jumper.
Miami hit cruise control down the stretch as they sat their starters down at the 3:12 mark. Eddie House made a jumper to make it 91-65 and Philly called a timeout. The Sixers ended the game with an 8-4 run behind Thaddeus Young’s six points, but it was too late as the time ran out.
Thaddeus Young lead the Sixers again off the bench again, this time he 18 points with six rebounds, and Evan Turner added 15 points off the bench as well. The only starter to score in double-digits was Jrue Holiday with 12 points. Andre Iguodala had seven rebounds and assists, but only scored five points. Elton Brand struggled with just three points and seven rebounds.
Andre Iguodala  a forward for the Sixers
Andre Iguodala, a forward for the Sixers
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LeBron James scored 29 points to lead the Heat, and he had seven rebounds and six assists. Chris Bosh helped with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Dwayne Wade only scored 14 points, but had six rebounds with two steals and assists.
The Heat is now two games away from a sweep, and will travel to Philadelphia for game three of this seven game series. They will play Thursday April 21, 2011 8:00 PM (EST).
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