You don't think he had a strong night, and then you realize he almost had a triple-double. That's LeBron. Andre Iguodala gave him fits throughout the night, stripping him in the post and closely contesting his every shot. But Erik Spoelstra was smart to create mismatches. LeBron was often the largest body on the court, which certainly helped his board work.
Finally, a big scoring night. Wade attacked Jodie Meeks early and often, floating some lefty hook shots and drawing and-1s. Wade can hit some of the hardest shots in the league, but sometimes you wonder whether he's making it too hard for himself. His dunks late in the fourth quarter sent the Philly fans heading for the exits.
The mostly invisible Bosh performances have become more regular these days. After scoring in single digits Wednesday, Bosh is still trying to find his groove. When Bosh is on his game, he's attacking the rim and drawing whistles. However, he's been a stranger to the charity stripe, and it's hurt his efficiency. The rebounding column was another mystery.
Against the hyperactive Sixers defense, the Heat needed some home runs in this one, and they got some rare production from downtown. Mario Chalmers nailed his patented corner shot a couple of times, and Norris Cole flashed his beyond the arc game. Spoelstra doesn't want Miami to swing for the fences too much, but the Heat needed the long ball Friday night against a tough D.
It didn't seem like the Heat suffocated them defensively, but the final score said otherwise. The Sixers mounted just 30 points in the second half after keeping it close for the first two frames. Elton Brand's goose egg in the scoring column just shouldn't happen. The Sixers still can't prove they can hang with the Heat.