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Heat storm to 2-0 lead

April 19, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James outscored Philadelphia's entire starting five in the first half by himself. So did Chris Bosh. So did Dwyane Wade.

That pretty much tells the tale of a night the 76ers would rather forget.

No comeback required for the Miami Heat this time - they went wire-to-wire in the lead, and are two wins from advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

James scored 29 points, Bosh had his second straight double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Miami took a 2-0 series lead with a 94-73 victory over the abysmally shooting 76ers Monday night.

Showing no signs of the migraine that he battled Sunday, Wade scored 14 points for Miami, now 17-3 in its last 20 games and halfway to winning its first playoff series since the 2006 conference finals.

"Our energy tonight was much better," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, "from beginning to end."

Thaddeus Young scored 18 points and Evan Turner added 15 for the 76ers, whose starters were outscored 76-29 by the Heat's first string. Philadelphia shot 34 percent for the game, and after getting 42 points in the paint in Game 1, were held to 24 in that department Monday.

Miami has never lost a series after winning the first two games (6-0), and the Philadelphia franchise is winless in 16 tries after falling into an 0-2 postseason hole. Only 14 teams have won after losing the first two games of a best-of-seven NBA series.

Game 3 is Thursday night in Philadelphia.

 
 

 

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