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article imageNBA: Sixers finally get a win over Heat 86-82 to make it 3-1

By Austin Tyler     Apr 25, 2011 in Sports
Philadelphia - The Heat have been one of the most impressive teams in the playoffs, and looked like they were going to run away with this series. The Sixers were looking to get at least one as their coach Doug Collins called this a “human nature game”.
The Philadelphia 76ers (41-41) hosted the Miami Heat (58-24) for game four of this series. The Sixers were on the verge of getting swept and need a good game and some big plays to go back to Miami with the Heat.
The Sixers pulled their usual trick by jumping out early on the Heat, and they jumped out this time to a 14-4 lead caped off with a Andre Iguodala three-pointer. The Heat took a timeout to try and slow the Sixers down, but they came out and pushed their lead to 20-6.
The Heat struggled as they scored their last field goal at the 6:13 mark and did not score another one until Chris Bosh scored again at the 2:54 mark. Dwyane Wade made a three-pointer to cut the Sixers lead to ten, 23-13. The Sixers closed the quarter out with a 5-3 spurt to finish with a 28-16 lead.
Philadelphia took a 35-19 lead to open the second quarter and force Miami to take an early timeout. Miami went on a 12-0 run to cut Philly’s lead to four with two three-pointers from Mario Chalmers and make the score 39-35. The Heat went on another run to tie the game up at 41 points apiece with a pair of Dwyane Wade.
Wade gave them a two point lead with a jumper, and the pushed their lead to 47-43 when Wade made another jumper. The Sixers got within one when Evan Turner made a layup to make it 47-46. Miami went into halftime with one-point lead after Mario Chalmers missed a three-pointer.
The Sixers bounced back to take an early 50-48 lead to start the third quarter. They pushed their lead to 55-51 when Andre Iguodala dunk made a dunk and a pair of free-throws. The Heat got within two when Joel Anthony made a pair of free-throws and Dwyane Wade made one of two free-throws.
The Heat tied the game up at 58 points apiece when Chris Bosh made a jumper. Miami took a one-point lead when James Jones made a three-pointer to make it 63-62. LeBron James had a three-point play to end the third quarter and gave the Heat a 66-64 lead going into the final period.
Elton Brand tied the game up at 66 points apiece to start the fourth quarter. The Heat then went on a 7-0 run that gave them a 73-66 lead. The Sixers bounced back and got a three-pointer and layup from Lou Williams to tie the game up at 75 points apiece. The game was tied up again at 76 points apiece, and LeBron James broke the tie with a pair of free-throws.
The Heat had an 82-76 lead with 1:35 left in the game, and the Sixers scored the last ten points of the game to get the victory. Jrue Holiday made a three-pointer to get the Sixers within one 82-81, and then Lou Williams made a three-pointer to give the Sixers a two-point lead 84-82. Evan Turner put the game out of reach when he made a pair of free-throws.
Evan Turner of the Philadelphia 76ers sealed the win with a pair of free-throws.
Evan Turner of the Philadelphia 76ers sealed the win with a pair of free-throws.
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LeBron James had a chance to tie the game up at 84 points apiece, but he drove to the basket on the inbound pass and Elton Brand made a great block to win the game.
LeBron James led the Miami Heat with 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Dwyane Wade scored 22 points with eight rebounds and five blocks. Chris Bosh scored 12 points, and Mario Chalmers came off the bench to score nine points.
Lou Williams and Evan Turner led the Sixers off the bench with 17 points apiece. Andre Iguodala scored 16 points with five rebounds and four assists. Elton Brand scored 15 points with 11 rebounds and Jrue Holiday chipped in with ten points and five assists.
The Heat lead the series 3-1, and will go back to Miami for game five that will be played Wednesday, April, 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM (EST).
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