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.”