Heat 114, 76ers 90

The SportsXchange

PHILADELPHIA - The Miami Heat entered the All-Star break as one of the hottest teams in the NBA.

They're still sizzling following the break.

The Heat won their 10th straight game following a resounding 114-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 20,665 at the Wells Fargo Center. The Southeast Division-leading Heat pulled away in the third quarter and improved to 39-14 and 16-11 on the road.

The NBA defending champion Heat appear primed for another run at a championship.

Dwyane Wade paced the Heat with 33 points on 14-for-18 shooting while LeBron James played a stellar all-around game as usual with 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. James registered his 35th career triple-double and his seventh since joining the Heat. Mario Chalmers scored 14 points, Chris Bosh chipped in with 13, while Ray Allen and Norris Cole had 12 each.

The Heat improved to 10-1 in February and won their 12th straight regular season game against the Sixers.

The reeling Sixers fell to 22-31 after dropping their fourth in a row. They began the night 3 1/2 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

But the No. 8 seed in the East will likely face the Heat in the first round.

Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 21 points, one of four players in double figures. Nick Young scored 19 points, Dorell Wright contributed 17 and Evan Turner had 16.

But it was far from enough and the Sixers dipped to 16-14 at home.

The Heat took a 56-47 lead into the locker room at halftime.

James had five points, five rebounds and six assists, and the Sixers had no answer for Wade.

Wade knocked down four of his five shots from the field in the first quarter and continued his hot shooting in the second, also going 4 of 5. He wound up with a team-best 17 points at halftime and received plenty of support from his teammates. Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers had nine points apiece.

Shane Battier hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the first half, extending Miami's lead to 45-39.

Nick Young kept the Sixers close with some torrid shooting. Young connected on his first five shots and had 14 points by halftime. It was the 10th straight start and the 14th overall for Young. Entering the game, Young was averaging 15 points as a starter.

Holiday had 13 points and four assists for Philadelphia at halftime.

NOTES: Sixers center Andrew Bynum practiced last Friday for the first time this season. He has yet to play a game for the Sixers, though, because of bilateral knee bone bruises. "He looked like a guy who hadn't played in nine months," Sixers coach Doug Collins said. "I don't think any bells and whistles should be sent off that he's close to playing." ... Heat guard Mike Miller is still dealing with sinus and ear infections and didn't join his teammates in Philadelphia. ... Sixers forward Thaddeus Young missed his sixth straight game with a strained left hamstring. ... The Heat have now blocked at least one shot in 410 consecutive games, extending the longest streak in franchise history. ... Holiday has 14 double-doubles, including one triple-double, this season. He had just one double-double last season.
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