Friday, April 22, 2011
Heat get offensive on the glass for big lead
By ESPN Stats & Info
The Miami Heat beat the Philadelphia 76ers 100-94 Thursday to take a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. Miami improves to 6-0 this season against the Sixers, who have lost six consecutive postseason games.
The Heat set a franchise playoff record with 20 offensive rebounds, netting them 24 second-chance points. They averaged 14.5 second-chance points in the first two games of the series and had just one game during the regular season in which they exceeded 24.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had eight offensive rebounds -- just three fewer than the entire Sixers team -- and none on the defensive glass. LeBron James had only one offensive board but had 15 total rebounds to go with his 24 points and six assists.
Dwyane Wade may have been the star for the Heat, finishing with 32 points, 10 rebounds (four offensive) and eight assists, his third career 30-10 game in the playoffs. Wade is the sixth player in the past 20 seasons to go for 30 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a road playoff game.
He accounted for HALF of his team’s points, a big improvement over his performance in the first two games of the series.
Combined, James, Wade and Chris Bosh scored 75 of Miami’s 100 points. They also combined for 15 assists, meaning they actually produced more than 100 percent of the team’s offense Thursday, combining for 108 points created.