Apparently, all it took for LeBron to snap out of his slump was a DNP for Dwyane Wade. Just like that, LeBron looked like his normal self, attacking the rim and playing with energy. As soon as Andre Iguodala left with an eye bruise in the third quarter, LeBron's own eyes widened in anticipation, and he absolutely dominated in the fourth.
Shane Battier took Wade's spot in the starting lineup, but it was the Miami point guard who rescued the Heat in the scoring column. Chalmers still makes some mindless plays out front, but the Heat were desperate for a points infusion, and he delivered. The alley-oop to LeBron at the end there? Huge dish from Chalmers.
Playing against the 76ers always requires Bosh to step out of his comfort zone and play a bunch of minutes at the 5. Although he received more of the spotlight with Wade sitting out, he didn't step up quite like LeBron did. Bosh didn't have Wade to steal his rebounds Tuesday, so the big man is running out of excuses at this point.
Well, that was quick. The recently acquired Turiaf took Joel Anthony's spot in the starting lineup at the last minute. The change was felt right off the bat as he and LeBron ran a steady diet of pick-and-rolls in the opening possessions. The sparkplug reserve probably should save his energy for free throws unless he wants to air-ball one at the line again.
Tough loss for Philly. The Sixers wasted no time in exploiting Wade's absence as Evan Turner (26 points) and Lou Williams (18) tore up the Heat from the perimeter. The Sixers received some bad luck in the third quarter, as Iguodala got poked in the eye and never returned. The Sixers just didn't have the weapons to overcome the Heat after his departure.