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article imageNBA: Heat close out series with 97-91 victory over 76ers

By Austin Tyler     Apr 28, 2011 in Sports
Miami - Miami had a chance to close the game out in the Sixers in game four, but the Sixers had just enough to hold the Heat at bay. Before the game LeBron James said they should have beaten them last game.
Miami had a chance to close the game out in the Sixers in game four, but the Sixers had just enough to hold the Heat at bay. Before the game LeBron James said they should have beaten them last game, and now it is time to finish their breakfast.
The Miami Heat (58-24) was back in South Beach for what the Heat have been calling a ‘White Out” as they face the Philadelphia 76ers (41-41) for game five. The Sixers escaped elimination with a nice team effort to win 86-82.
Philadelphia jumped out to a 13-4 lead to open before Miami took an early timeout. Jodie Meeks started the run with an early three-pointer, and Elton Brand made it 18-8 with a jumper. Philly kept the pressure on the Heat as Jrue Holiday made a layup to give the Sixers a ten-point lead.
Mario Chalmers made a three-pointer, his second of the game to get the Heat within five-points, 20-15. The Sixers went cold and the Heat took a one-point lead off a Dwyane Wade basket. Both teams went cold after that, but the Heat closed out the period with back-to-back three-pointers from James Jones and Mario Chalmers.
Andre Iguodala started the second quarter with a dunk to get the Sixers within two. The Heat was cold to open the quarter as the Sixers tied the game up at 27 points apiece off a Lou Williams layup. Dwyane Wade made a pair of free-throws to give the Heat the lead 31-27.
Thaddeus Young made a dunk to tie the game up at 31 points apiece, but the James Jones hit a three-pointer to give the Heat a 34-31 lead. Elton Brand got the Sixers within one, but Jrue Holiday tied it up with a free-throw. Philly was within one after a Elton Brand jumper, but Dwyane Wade made a jumper with .11 seconds left to give the Heat a 45-42 lead going into halftime.
Miami took a 48-44 lead to start the third quarter when Jodi Meeks made a three-pointer to get the Sixers within one. The teams traded baskets until LeBron James hit a three-pointer to give the Heat a five-point lead. Philly got a dunk from Andre Iguodala, and a technical foul shot from Jodie Meeks to take a 60-61 lead. Mario Chalmers made a three-pointer to start a 7-0 spurt to get the Heat the lead back 67-61.
LeBron James made a three-pointer and a jumper to make it 72-65. Andre Iguodala made a dunk and jumper at the buzzer to score the Sixers last four points to end the period down 72-67.
James Jones made a three-pointer to give the Heat an eight-point lead. Miami pushed their lead to ten with a Dwyane Wade three-pointer to make it 81-71. The Sixers tried to cut into the lead as they got within six before Wade made a jumper to push it to eight.
The Sixers went on a 10-4 run to get within two-points of the Heat 90-88 on a Thaddeus Young jumper. Andre Iguodala made a jumper to get the Sixers within one, 92-91. Joel Anthony put the Heat up three with .16 seconds left in the game. Dwayne Wade sealed the game with a free-throw and a junk to end the game.
Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 22 points apiece. Iguodala also had 10 rebounds while Brand had six. Jodie Meeks scored 12
points and Jrue Holiday scored 10 points with eight assists and five rebounds.
Thaddeus Young scored 13 points of the bench, and Evan Turner had 10 rebounds with four points.
Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Chris Bosh scored 22 points with 11 rebounds. LeBron James missed a triple-double as he scored 16 points with 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Mario Chalmers came off the bench to score 20 points, and James Jones chipped in with nine points.
The Heat will now face the Boston Celtics in round two of the playoffs after knocking the Sixers off 4-1. The Heat holds the number two spot in the East and will have home court advantage when they take on the Celtics for game one.
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