May 29, 2013
Roy Hibbert collected 23 points and 12 rebounds, Lance Stephenson added 20 points, and the Indiana Pacers charged back late in Indianapolis to beat the Miami Heat, 99-92, on Tuesday night and tie the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. LeBron James led the Heat with 24 points before fouling out with 56 seconds to go. Mario Chalmers had 20 points on a night the defending NBA champions failed to take command of the series. The Heat will host Game 5 on Thursday. Suns hire Hornacek Phoenix hired Jeff Hornacek, 50, who played the first six of his 14 NBA seasons with the Suns.
March 27, 2013 |
SALT LAKE CITY - If the Miami Heat keep streaking - they have won 27 straight - they could tie the NBA record by beating the 76ers on April 6. The record of 33 straight wins was set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. Sixers coach Doug Collins believes that the Heat are good enough to break the record. "Sure they can," Collins said Monday. "They have been pulling rabbits out of their hat lately, but they are in a rhythm. "Absolutely, they could do it. They have great players, a great coach, they defend every night and they have championship players like Ray Allen and Shane Battier coming off their bench.
February 4, 2012 |
If Friday's game at the Wells Fargo Center was a yardstick game for the 76ers, a way to compare their 16-6 record with the 16-6 record of the Miami Heat, then the night didn't turn out to be very encouraging. If it was merely a test to see if they could still stay with one of the best teams in the league, the team that bounced them from the postseason last year, then there were a few more positives. After watching how far the Sixers have come under Doug Collins, everyone agrees their glass is half-full now. But after getting shrugged off by the Heat, 99-79, it's also clear that it is still just half a glass.
April 22, 2011
I'M JUST NOT sure how much more you can ask of the 76ers than what they gave last night at the Wells Fargo Center. Coming home with a 2-0 deficit in their Eastern Conference playoff series, they responded exactly the way a young and seemingly overmatched team would against an opponent as formidable as the Miami Heat. You wanted passion. The Sixers displayed it. You wanted heart. The Sixers bled theirs out. You wanted determination, courage, fight, composure, toughness.
June 17, 2013 |
SAN ANTONIO - Manu Ginobili had 24 points and 10 assists in a surprise start to spark the San Antonio Spurs to a 114-104 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, pushing the Spurs one victory away from their fifth title. Danny Green scored 24 points and broke Ray Allen's Finals record for threes in a series with 25. Tony Parker had 26 points for San Antonio. LeBron James scored 25 points on 8-for-22 shooting for the Heat and Dwyane Wade had 25 points and 10 assists.
January 19, 2014 |
Brett Brown called it. The 76ers coach knew his squad was facing the Miami Heat at the wrong time. The two-time defending NBA champions were coming off their first three-game losing streak in two seasons. In those setbacks, Miami was uncharacteristically awful on defense. "You are getting a very talented, angry team that's going to go up many, many levels defensively," Brown said before Friday's 101-86 setback to the Heat. "And that is going to be a real test for our young team, because we lead the league in turnovers already.
November 4, 2013 |
The 76ers are fortunate. There's no other way to explain it. The Sixers know it. So do their first three opponents, the Miami Heat, Washington Wizards, and Chicago Bulls. Yet that shouldn't take away from the unexpected excitement surrounding the franchise. After beating the Bulls, 107-104, on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers are 3-0. It's their best start since also opening 3-0 during the 2006-07 season. But . . . "I want to make sure that we say that we get it. It's two games," rookie coach Brett Brown said after Friday's 109-102 over the Wizards at the Verizon Center.
March 9, 2013 |
MIAMI - I always knew that the hatred and vitriol directed at LeBron James following his and the Miami Heat's loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals would not take long to dissipate. To begin with, unless you are fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers - the team James infamously and awkwardly left via free agency in the summer of 2010 - why should you have even cared that he chose to cut and run to South Beach? But after watching James play dazed and confused against the Mavs two years ago, I knew that the bitter learning experience and the ensuing, often over-the-top attacks on James would be the nudge to push him to play the game at a far higher level, and eventually into a comparison with Michael Jordan.
April 24, 2010 |
Paul Pierce demanded the ball for the last shot. The Boston Celtics were rewarded. And the much-anticipated offseason of 2010 is closer than the Miami Heat ever wanted. Pierce's 21-foot jumper at the buzzer - with injured Heat star Dwyane Wade watching helplessly from the bench - gave the visiting Celtics a 100-98 win over Miami in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series last night. Boston leads the best-of-seven 3-0, and will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon in Miami.
December 12, 2005 |
Playing for the first time in 5 weeks, Shaquille O'Neal came through in the clutch - and at the free throw line, of all places. The NBA's most notoriously erratic foul shooter sank the second of two tries with a second left in regulation to force overtime, and the Miami Heat ended a four-game losing streak by beating visiting Washington, 104-101, last night. Coming off the bench in his first action since a sprained right ankle sidelined him Nov. 3, O'Neal finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, four in overtime.