His jumper late was critical. LeBron has been on a tear recently even though the Heat had dropped two straight entering Friday's game so perhaps we shouldn't be stunned by another strong outing. He destroyed Andre Iguodala and the Sixers from the opening tip. And then halftime happened. LeBron fizzled and looked passive thereafter, but the Heat hung on anyway.
If you're like me, you were surprised that Wade has only recorded a triple-double four times in his NBA. Wade looked like he was well on his way in the first half, but couldn't keep dropping dimes. With Sixers center Spencer Hawes out, the 6-foot-4 guard attacked the boards. Too bad he didn't attack the basket with the same intensity.
When will Bosh snap out of it? Bosh didn't exactly bounce back in a big way since his bizarre disappearance against the Bulls on Wednesday. But he at least bottled up Elton Brand again. For the second game in a row, Bosh dominated his matchup against Brand, limiting him to just six points on Friday after holding him scoreless the last time they battled.
Erik Spoelstra was probably expecting a good night's sleep on Friday night during the halftime break, but he probably won't sleep a wink now. The Heat sure have a way of blowing big leads this season, don't they? On one hand, a win is a win. On the other, they could have run away with this one if they maintained the early energy and aggression.
At least they didn't roll over. The 25-point deficit at halftime was Philadelphia's largest in over a decade, but instead of surrendering, the Sixers made a furious comeback in the second half in front of the home crowd. For a while, the scorching Evan Turner looked completely overwhelmed against the Heat defense before finally puncturing it in the second half.