LeBron didn't convert his first field goal until the 4:47 mark of the second quarter, when he reeled off four baskets in a four-minute span. Andre Iguodala applied pressure the instant LeBron touched the ball. Against others, James would hold the ball, wait for the double-team, then pass out. That tentativeness aside, he racked up points at the line.
Wade came up big in the final two minutes, but struggled most of the game. After decimating the Sixers all season, he couldn't find the same opportunities Saturday and often flailed in the half court. He wanted to post up Jodie Meeks, but the Sixers -- uncharacteristically -- sent quick help. As a result, Wade was actually a more effective jump shooter than slasher.
Early on, Bosh couldn't buy a midrange bucket from the right side of the floor, but he was sensational elsewhere. When those shots didn't fall, he attacked, finished strong or drew contact. His strong dives to the rim off high screens were crucial to loosening up the Sixers' D. His pick-and-roll coverage was airtight, and his board work against an active Philly squad was strong.
Dirty little secret: The Heat's half-court offense Saturday was nothing to behold. Philadelphia took away Miami's first options with strong pressure. But thanks to James and Bosh, the Heat worked their way to the stripe for 39 attempts, draining 31 of them. Credit their aggressiveness against the Sixers' strong base defense. When the looks weren't clean, the Heat just attacked.
Should the Sixers be encouraged or dejected after this one? They led early, finding smart looks inside and running their early offense effectively. But then, that transition flow and those deep post-ups faded. Jrue Holiday wasn't as aggressive as he needed be, particularly for a guy guarded by the defensive equivalent of a garden gnome for much of the afternoon.