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with­out Em­biid, the Six­ers dom­i­nated the glass. Not only did Philadel­phia out­re­bound Mi­ami by 31, Philadel­phia (30-25) but had a 23-3 edge on the stretched the lead to six of­fen­sive boards. Has­san be­fore the Heat cut the defi- White­side led Mi­ami with cit. Dwyane Wade missed a 10 re­bounds but no one else 3-pointer in the fi­nal min- had more than four. ute that would have given “They sent all four, there the Heat a two-point lead. were a lot of long re­bounds, Mi­ami had one last chance but def­i­nitely los­ing by 31 af­ter a turnover with 3.3 on the boards was tough to sec­onds to play, but Wade’s over­come,” Wade said. “We 3-point at­tempt hit the front had a lead, but when you rim and bounced off. give up that­many re­bounds,

“If I could have paused teams are go­ing to come it in midair, I would have back. That’s def­i­nitely not bet all my con­tracts on it; how we’re go­ing to win.” I would have gone broke,” No help from RichardWade said. “I thought that son, Winslow: Josh Rich­was in.” ard­son had just six points,

James John­son led Mi­ami mak­ing just 2-of-5 shots, and with 22 points. Go­ran Dragic has been in a funk re­cently. scored 18. But the big­gest is­sue is Jus

Ben Sim­mons led Phila- tise Winslow (three points, del­phia with a triple-dou­ble 0 of 3 shoot­ing), who has of 18 points, 12 re­bounds been a huge dis­ap­point­ment and 10 as­sists. Dario Saric and may find him­self out of scored 19. the ro­ta­tion when the team

The Heat were out­r­ere­turns from the break. bounded 60-29. Bab­bitt sight­ing: Luke

The Six­ers were with­out Bab­bitt made his Heat sealead­ing scorer and All-Star son de­but. Bab­bitt en­tered Joel Em­biid, who was ruled early in the third quar­ter out min­utes be­fore tipoff and made a 3-pointer a lit­be­cause of a sore an­kle. tle more than a minute later.

Here are our five take- Bab­bitt had six points, mak­aways: ing 2-of-3 3-point­ers.

Tale of two games: The Take a break: With Al­lHeat held a 24-point lead Star Week­end com­ing up, early in the sec­ond half, Mi­ami h as an eight-day and mid­way through the break be­fore re­sum­ing fourth quar­ter, that lead the sea­son Feb. 23 in New dis­ap­peared. The Six­ers Or­leans. With the ex­cephad a 15-point edge in the tion of Dragic, who will play third quar­ter, the sec­ond for Team LeBron in Sun­con­sec­u­tive night the Heat day’s All-Star Game in Los were outscored by 15 points An­ge­les, and Wayne Ellingin the third quar­ter. Mi­ami ton, who will par­tic­i­pate in has been outscored by 129 the 3-point shootout Satur­points in the third quar­ter. day, the rest of the team will

“We d idn’t de­serve it be on a week­long va­ca­tion when you get crushed that be­fore its next prac­tice on badly on the glass and all the Wed­nes­day. The Heat hope loose balls,” Heat coach Erik to take ad­van­tage of the Spoel­stra said. “When you sched­ule, which has them add up the loose balls and play­ing 15 of the fi­nal 24 the glass, there was prob- games at home. ably 75-29 where they won “It’s go­ing to be good, those cat­e­gories and this ev­ery team in the league game usu­ally re­wards the needs a re­set at this time team to the ball first, and of the sea­son,” Wade said. they were.” “Los­ing seven of our last

Six­ers take Heat to eight is def­i­nitely a good board­ing school: Even time to re­set.”

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