After a skittish start with a slew of turnovers, James settled down in the second half and played the role of facilitator. During the Heat's third-quarter run, James was at his most aggressive, drawing the entire Philly defense, then making a sharp play for a teammate.
Dwyane Wade's second "preseason game" was decidedly better than his first. Whether he was attacking off the dribble or posting up inferior defenders, Wade looked like his old self -- pouncing at every opportunity, wreaking havoc in passing lanes, and making good decisions with the ball.
Although Bosh didn't post an eye-popping stat line, the Heat were successful running the offense through him at the elbow, particularly in the first half when they established their half-court rhythm. Bosh has the ability to draw defenses low, and that's exactly what he did tonight, opening up all kinds of opportunities elsewhere.
That would be James Jones, who played the hypothetical role of Mike Miller. Jones buried the Sixers with a barrage of 3-pointers on kickouts and ball reversals. If the Heat can get a sharpshooting performance like this once a week from Jones or another reserve, they're going to be just fine until Miller returns.
Despite the spanking, the Sixers looked like a much stronger team than last season, when they tried to run a motion offense with the wrong personnel. The Sixers still had trouble finding good shots, but got encouraging performances from Thad Young and, more surprisingly, Evan Turner.