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September 18, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
The salaries of Miami Heat employees will be cut 10 percent this season, a reduction that excludes the players but includes team president and coach Pat Riley. The reductions will allow the organization to avoid further layoffs. A few employees were let go after last season. Riley's annual salary is estimated at $5 million, which means his pay cut could amount to $500,000 for 2003-04. The reductions include the business operation and the management of AmericanAirlines Arena.
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March 17, 2000 | By Stephen A. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On a night when the 76ers were supposed to be killed by the absence of a guard who wasn't with them, they were buried by a guard they gave away. After the suspension of Allen Iverson, who angered the club's brass by missing yesterday's shoot-around, the Sixers were haunted by the Miami Heat's Bruce Bowen. Traded by the Sixers to Chicago in the Toni Kukoc deal last month, then released by the Bulls, Bowen had been picked off waivers by Miami. Last night, the Sixers looked misguided for letting him go. Bowen scored all 16 of his points in the second half, including two pivotal three-pointers in the fourth quarter, to lift the Heat to a 92-77 victory at AmericanAirlines Arena.
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March 25, 2011 | By Kate Fagan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
MIAMI - It felt like a playoff. Miami on a Friday night, a couple of tennis stars in attendance, a sold-out crowd at AmericanAirlines Arena, multiple technical fouls, and a down-to-the-wire finish. If the season ended today, the 76ers and the Miami Heat would meet in the NBA playoffs. And on Friday night, that looked like an evenly matched series. The Sixers led big early, led small late, but couldn't slow Miami's stars at the end. The Heat won by 111-99. The Sixers dropped to 37-35 with 10 games remaining in the regular season.
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April 17, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - The 76ers had just lost Saturday's hard-fought Eastern Conference playoff game to the Miami Heat, and forward Thaddeus Young was the last player to leave the floor. He was greeted by coach Doug Collins, who put a fist to his power forward's chest and in one sentence said it all. "You played your ass off tonight," Collins said to Young. Never was one short sentence more true. The Sixers led by 14, trailed by 16, and got back within one before losing to the Heat, 97-89, in Game 1 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
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April 21, 2011
Here is a look ahead to Thursday's matchup between the visiting Miami Heat and the 76ers. The Sixers were competitive in a 97-89 opener, leading by 14 points early in the second quarter, trailing by 16, and then getting to within 88-87 before being outscored by 9-2 down the stretch. In Monday's 94-73 loss at Miami, the Sixers trailed by as many as 28 and, after facing a 19-13 deficit after the first quarter, saw the Heat take charge with a 30-18 second period. In the two games, the Sixers have been outrebounded, 98-79.
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April 17, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - One reason the expectations are so high for the Miami Heat is that their third-best player is a six-time all-star. Of course, Chris Bosh doesn't see himself as the third wheel on a driven team, and to the Sixers' chagrin he outshone his more celebrated teammates, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, in leading the Heat to Saturday's 97-89 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs at AmericanAirlines Arena. On a day when James and Wade totaled 38 points, or about 14 points below their combined average, the 6-foot-11 Bosh totaled 25 points and 12 rebounds in just under 40 minutes.
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April 21, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Not only will the 76ers have to try to get back into the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series, being down two games to none to the Miami Heat, they will have to do it against the best road team in the NBA. Technically, Miami was tied as the best road team. Both the Heat and Dallas Mavericks owned the NBA's best road records at 28-13. The Heat developed a tough exterior early when they realized that uniting LeBron James and Chris Bosh with Dwyane Wade wasn't the most popular move to fans outside South Florida.
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April 26, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Miami Heat had time off from practice on Monday, but they thought their little break would be a lot longer. After squandering a six-point lead with 1 minute, 35 seconds left and seeing the 76ers close Sunday's game on a 10-0 run in beating Miami, 86-82, the Heat will now have to endure questions about their ability to close games and, in this case, a series. Leading three games to one, the Heat get their second chance at finishing off the Sixers in Wednesday's Game 5 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
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April 27, 2011 | By Kate Fagan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
MIAMI - The 76ers did everything they could. They attacked the rim, they rebounded, they scrambled, they defended, and they double-teamed on defense. But the Miami Heat, well, they just barely squeezed it out. And now the Sixers' season - a very good season, a very surprising turnaround season - is over. It ended at AmericanAirlines Arena, where the Heat defeated the Sixers, 97-91, in Game 5 Wednesday night. Miami won this opening-round, best-of-seven series, four games to one. The Heat advances to play the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
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April 18, 2011 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Lou Williams and Doug Collins were lounging on the pricey sideline seats of AmericanAirlines Arena. The 76ers' off-day practice in Miami had just ended and Collins walked over to join his combination guard, the player he has said is "the voice" of this team. You could have imagined any number of conversation topics between player and coach: How was Lou's hamstring feeling? Should they approach Monday's game any differently in terms of minutes played or plays designed for Williams?
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April 27, 2011 | By Kate Fagan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
MIAMI - The 76ers did everything they could. They attacked the rim, they rebounded, they scrambled, they defended, and they double-teamed on defense. But the Miami Heat, well, they just barely squeezed it out. And now the Sixers' season - a very good season, a very surprising turnaround season - is over. It ended at AmericanAirlines Arena, where the Heat defeated the Sixers, 97-91, in Game 5 Wednesday night. Miami won this opening-round, best-of-seven series, four games to one. The Heat advances to play the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
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April 27, 2011 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the 76ers to have any chance of extending their season, they have to do two things Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena: start with a lot of energy, then somehow sustain it. "We need to play all 48 minutes, especially going down on the road in an elimination game," Sixers coach Doug Collins said of Game 5 of the best-of-seven series against the Miami Heat. The Heat lead, three games to one. "We don't want to dig ourselves a hole," Collins said. Actually, the Sixers' first-quarter success against the Heat was a hot topic after Tuesday's practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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April 26, 2011 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers are dancing along a thin line. They must remain naive about the depressing statistic associated with NBA teams coming back from a three-game playoff deficit (it's never happened), while simultaneously extracting well-deserved excitement and happiness from Sunday's victory. And both of these things must be done while revisiting that place of desperation - the one that helped produce Sunday's 86-82 victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers will try to stay alive - for the second time - on Wednesday night inside AmericanAirlines Arena, site of Game 5. The Heat still lead this opening-round, best-of-seven series three games to one. The Boston Celtics, the Heat's likely opponent should they win this series, completed their sweep of the New York Knicks just a few hours after Miami failed to sweep the Sixers.
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April 26, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Miami Heat had time off from practice on Monday, but they thought their little break would be a lot longer. After squandering a six-point lead with 1 minute, 35 seconds left and seeing the 76ers close Sunday's game on a 10-0 run in beating Miami, 86-82, the Heat will now have to endure questions about their ability to close games and, in this case, a series. Leading three games to one, the Heat get their second chance at finishing off the Sixers in Wednesday's Game 5 at AmericanAirlines Arena.
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April 24, 2011 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers already have received their travel itineraries for Tuesday's if necessary trip to Miami. Wednesday's Game 5 at AmericanAirlines Arena appears in the schedule with an asterisk beside it. The Sixers are the only ones who can make that theoretical game a reality. Passing out itineraries isn't presumptuous, it's protocol. But one monumental task stands between the Sixers and a return to Miami in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal. They must defeat the Heat in Game 4 Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center, something they have been unable to do in the first three games of this best-of-seven series.
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April 21, 2011
Here is a look ahead to Thursday's matchup between the visiting Miami Heat and the 76ers. The Sixers were competitive in a 97-89 opener, leading by 14 points early in the second quarter, trailing by 16, and then getting to within 88-87 before being outscored by 9-2 down the stretch. In Monday's 94-73 loss at Miami, the Sixers trailed by as many as 28 and, after facing a 19-13 deficit after the first quarter, saw the Heat take charge with a 30-18 second period. In the two games, the Sixers have been outrebounded, 98-79.
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April 21, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Not only will the 76ers have to try to get back into the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series, being down two games to none to the Miami Heat, they will have to do it against the best road team in the NBA. Technically, Miami was tied as the best road team. Both the Heat and Dallas Mavericks owned the NBA's best road records at 28-13. The Heat developed a tough exterior early when they realized that uniting LeBron James and Chris Bosh with Dwyane Wade wasn't the most popular move to fans outside South Florida.
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April 20, 2011 | By Kate Fagan and Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writers
In the NBA playoffs - as serious basketball people say - a series hasn't begun until one team wins on the other team's floor. If you're the 76ers, this is an especially hopeful saying. Although the Miami Heat won the first two games of this opening-round series, and won the second of those games convincingly, the Heat have not yet won at the Wells Fargo Center. So on Tuesday afternoon at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where the Sixers held the first of two practices before Thursday night's Game 3, the Sixers seemed surprisingly capable of clearing their heads and tackling the daunting task ahead of them.
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April 19, 2011
MIAMI - It might not seem like it after last night's beat-down in South Beach, but the Sixers know exactly what they need to do to get back into their Eastern Conference series with the Miami Heat. They know they need to change things on offense. They know they need to create offense out of defense. They know they need to get into transition, push the pace and get easier scoring opportunities. They told us what they need to correct after the 94-73 loss that dropped them to 0-2 in the best-of-seven-series, which moves to the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.
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April 19, 2011 | By BOB COONEY, cooneyb@phillynews.com
MIAMI - As his team continued to build an insurmountable lead on the 76ers last night at AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra kept reminding his players of one thing: "Don't exhale. " Spoelstra was making the point that the 76ers had shown offensive explosions at times and a speed that his team found hard to match. He didn't want to see that spurt arise. Maybe he didn't want the Heat to exhale, but Miami is sure breathing easier right now as it thumped the Sixers, 94-73, last night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series, which will continue 8 p.m. Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center.
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