The Philadelphia 76ers shot lights out from the field in this one, going 38-74 (51.4%), to defeat the Miami Heat, 100-87. Philadelphia (19-63) has now won back-to-back games after defeating Boston Celtics on Monday.
Thaddeus Young put up 20 points on 9-17 shooting. Other key performers for Philadelphia were Michael Carter-Williams with 12 points and six rebounds, and Henry Sims with 10 points and seven rebounds. Despite the loss, Dwyane Wade scored 16 points for Miami on 6-14 shooting from the field and 4-6 from the free throw line.
The high-octane Heat offense did not do as well as expected, struggling to score against a porous 76ers defense that ranks just 29th in the league with a defensive efficiency of 187.4. Despite an off game where they tallied .925 points per possession, Miami ranks second in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 108.5. Along with their eFG% of 58.1%, the 76ers connected at a rate of 43.5% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 3-1 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Heat are 4-10 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
Miami (54-28) has now dropped their last three consecutive games.