The Sixers have played the Heat tough in the last two games, but the Heat has found a way to win behind the play of Chris Bosh. Dwayne Wade has been dealing with migraines since game two, but for game three he pulled out his biggest game of the series.
Philadelphia was ready to welcome their Philadelphia 76ers (41-41) home for game three of their seven game series versus the Miami Heat (58-24). The Sixers have not got out of the first round since 2003 when they beat the New Orleans Hornets. They were looking to steal game three, but the Heat just seemed to be too much.
The Sixers put up a great fight to open the game as they jumped on the Heat and took a quick 13-4 lead. The Heat got within five after a LeBron James basket to make 15-10 with 5:39 left in the quarter.
Lou Williams and Tony Battie made back-to-back baskets to give the Sixers a 19-12 lead. With .35 seconds left in the first quarter Mike Bibby made a three-pointer to cut into the Sixers lead 26-21. Lou Williams answered with a three-pointer of his own to give the Sixers a 29-21 lead to end the quarter.
LeBron James scored the Heat’s first four points of the second quarter to cut the Sixers lead down to four. Elton Brand made a jumper to give the Sixers a 38-31 lead before the Philadelphia took a timeout with 5:47 left in the half.
With the score 46-41, James Jones made back-to-back three-pointer to get the Heat with one 47-48. Elton Brand made a jumper to make 52-47, but a three-point play by Dwayne Wade put the Heat with two going into halftime down 52-50.
Miami jumped out to an early 56-52 lead when they scored the first six points of the third quarter that forced Philly to take a quick timeout. Jodie Meeks made a three-pointer coming out for the Sixers to get them within one, and Elton Brand gave them a one point lead with a layup. Meeks’ three-pointer started the Sixers on a 12-0 run that was capped off with a Jrue Holiday three-pointer that gave them a 64-56 advantage.
The Sixers kept a nice run going as they held a 68-60 until a Dwayne Wade basket tied the game up at 68 points apiece. The game was tied up again at 70 points apiece on a pair of Wade free-throws, but the Sixers held onto the lead the rest of the way. Lou Williams made a jumper and Andre Iguodala made a free-throw to give the Sixers a 75-73 lead going into final period.
The Play of the game came in the third quarter when LeBron James crossed over Jrue Holiday and dished the ball to Wade on the corner for a dunk.
LeBron James made an early three-pointer and Chris Bosh made a jumper to give the Heat a 78-75 lead. The Heat held on to the lead as they pushed it to an 82-77 point lead when Wade made a layup. The Heat was up 84-79 and the Sixers called a timeout to try and slow them down.
Miami pushed their lead all the way to ten when LeBron James made a layup to make it 90-80. The Sixers battled back and got as close as 96-91 with 1:32 left in the game with a Thaddeus Young bucket. With .43 seconds left in the game Lou Williams made a three-pointer to cut the Heat’s lead down to four. James Jones put the Heat at the 100 mark when he knocked down a pair of free-throws to close out the game.
The Heat got a big game from Dwayne Wade who almost had a triple-double with 32 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. LeBron James also had a big game with 24 points and 15 big rebounds to go along with six assists. Chris Bosh added 19 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 10 points with eight rebounds.
Elton Brand led the Sixers in scoring with 21 points with 11 rebounds. Jrue Holiday scored 20 points with eight assists. Spencer Hawes scored 12 points, and Andre Iguodala chipped in with 10 points and also had 10 assists with five rebounds.
Thaddeus Young was not the leading scorer for the first time in this series as he only scored four points. The Sixers got a big boost from Lou Williams off the bench with 15 points.
The Heat will be looking to close this seven game series out in four on the road when the two teams will square off Sunday, April 24, 2011.