Miami didn't get much from its Big 3 as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for just seven points as the 76ers went into the second quarter holding a 12 point lead. Miami never held a lead in the opening frame. James' scored all three of his points off free throws.
Lowlight: Philadelphia held a 20-8 point lead midway through the first as Miami's trio of Wade, James and Bosh had a combined two points (from Bosh) to that point.
The Heat finally woke up and fired up the white-clad crowd by going on a 20-7 run over a span of 6:29 to start the second quarter. Wade's basket with 4:16 left gave Miami a 43-38 lead and got the Big 3 going a bit. Wade, Bosh and James were a combined 4-of-13 from the field before that shot. Mario Chalmer's 3-points off a sweet feed from Wade with 5:31 left gave Miami a 39-38 lead – the Heat's first lead of the game.
Highlight: Bosh's tip-in with 29.4 seconds remaining left after Wade failed to get the ball through on his attempt from down low were the final points of the half. Bosh ended with 10 points in the opening half.
The Sixers came into the third down five and didn't help themselves out as they trailed by 16 with 90 1:30 left in the quarter as they had scored 13 points off 27 percent shooting. But Lou Williams hit a 3-pointer with 37.4 seconds left then closed out with a basket with 3.5 remaining to keep Philadelphia in the game going into the fourth down 11.
Highlight: There weren't many for James in the third as he ended with just four points. But with 17.3 seconds left, James drove the lane, got turned as he was fouled and just barely missed a shot from behind his head.
The Sixers turned a fairly pedestrian game into something exciting down the stretch as they went on a run as the Heat went cold. Thanks to a pair of 3-pointers from Jrue Holiday, the Sixers pulled to within three points with 3:58 left. With the Heat up one, Bosh hit a pair of free throws for a little breathing room, giving Miami its first points in a span of 4:40.
Highlight: Wade made a running jumper after being fouled by Thaddeus Young with 1:34 remaining to give Miami a five-point lead. Wade missed the ensuing free throw, but the lead held up as the Sixers never came that close again.