If you were expecting a vintage performance from LeBron on '70s night in Miami, you might have been slightly disappointed. But that doesn't mean he had a terrible game by any means. LeBron absolutely punished Evan Turner in the post in the fourth quarter, which kept the Sixers at bay. Bucking the conventional wisdom, LeBron won the game in the fourth.
Wade sat out his sixth game of the season with a sore ankle he suffered last weekend in Denver. The Heat are now 6-0 this season with Wade sidelined (5-4 with him).
Bosh flourished during long stretches of "Bosh Time" (i.e., with LeBron on the bench). The Sixers had no answer for Bosh, who had 16 points at halftime. And with Wade out, Bosh played the role of distributor too, dropping a rare five dimes without coughing up the ball. Bosh is enjoying his time in the sun.
Joel Anthony, No. 1 option? Well, maybe not. Still, the "All-Star candidate" was looking for his shot all night and set a new career high with nine field goal attempts. If coach Erik Spoelstra hadn't kept him on the bench for the fourth quarter, we might have seen the second double-double of Anthony's career. Great effort from the role player.
Philly fans should be thrilled with their team. Young, fast, and talented, the Sixers never gave up, even without Spencer Hawes, who has led them this season. The game completely changed when rookie Nikola Vucevic left in the third quarter with a knee injury and the Sixers lost their post presence. If the Sixers can stay healthy, they will definitely challenge the Orlando Magic for the East's No. 3 seed.
-- Grades by Tom Haberstroh