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NBA Playoffs: Chris Bosh leads Heat to Game 1 win over the Sixers

Apr 16, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

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It wasn’t easy for the Miami Heat from the opening tip, and they made it perhaps more difficult than necessary down the stretch. But when all was said and done, Miami pulled away with a well-earned 97-89 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of the 2011 playoffs.

And in a game where Philadelphia held LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in check by limiting them to a combined 10 of 27 shooting, it was Chris Bosh who helped provide the consistency the team needed to come away with this win — at least after the first quarter.

The Sixers came out aggressive and hot to start the contest, with Elton Brand leading the way down low. Brand scored 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting to help his team jump out to a 14-point first quarter lead, but Bosh adjusted, and limited him to just six points the rest of the way.

“I just tried to front him in the post, work him off the block a little bit,” Bosh said of his defensive adjustment. “I just kind of wanted to take that away, take away his easy touches. There were a couple times where they caught me off guard and he ducked in, and that was my mistake. But after that I was just conscious of it and aware of it, I just knew that eventually he was going to try to move into his sweet spot, so I just wanted to have some resistance.”

The Heat went to a zone defense for a stretch in the second quarter, which also helped limit Brand and the Sixers’ ability to get easy scoring inside. That spark sent Miami on a huge 16-2 run, one that put them up by seven late in the second period, and put the game in their hands.

“We did a poor job in the beginning of the game starting out with our man to man defense, and we just wanted to show them something different,” Bosh said. “We got two or three or four stops, and we just wanted to stick with it.

“I think that gave us some momentum into our man (defense), and that’s our bread and butter; that’s what we work on. That got us going and gave us a lot more confidence the rest of the game.”

That confidence lasted almost all of the third quarter, as Miami built its lead as high as 16 points — thanks to 10 points in the period from Bosh. But the Sixers wouldn’t quit, and got 12 points off the bench from Thaddeus Young in the final period, along with two critical back-to-back three pointers from Jrue Holiday that helped bring Philadelphia back to within a single point with 2:23 remaining. But that’s as close as the Sixers were able to get, thanks to the aggressive play from Wade and James down the stretch that resulted in either tough makes or trips to the free throw line that enabled Miami to seal it.

But none of it would have been possible without the solid and consistent play from Bosh, who was big for much of the game while James and Wade struggled at times offensively. Bosh, however, wasn’t willing to take too much credit afterward.

“I don’t read too much into too many games,” Bosh said. “It’s one of many; we expect to make a long run. Me personally, I don’t want to put too much on it because I just want to go out there and keep doing what I’ve been doing.”

James, though, had no problem summing up Bosh’s impact on this one, and did so with a much grander statement.

“CB’s the most important player on our team,” James said. “He brought it. It was great to see.”

  1. negrodamus28 - Apr 16, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Negrodamus respects the game of Chris Bosh. Today he was more Juwanna Mann and less RuPaul.

    Go Heat

    • scorp16 - Apr 16, 2011 at 9:03 PM

      I Agree with Ignoramus…..I mean Negrodamus.

  2. thestudiokida - Apr 16, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Did you see James Jones? 3 things he did for the first time this season:

    1) Dribble of the 3-point line and create his own jump shot
    2) Offensive rebound stick-back score
    3) Get an assist (specifically a nice drive & dish to Bosh)

  3. nfl25 - Apr 16, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    this heat game is why i love nfl footbal and just like nba basketball. nba basketball playoffs are all about marketing. if ur name is king james you get every call. if you play on king james’s team you get alot of calls as well. the nba cant have james get into foul trouble. they also need to make sure the heat advance because they make more money on the heat becasue so many casual fans love the stars and just want to watch stars play. the sixers dont have any big names on the team so they didnt get any calls. you can tell lebron is used to it becasue he looks shocked when they called a foul on him, even though the replay was obvious he slapped andre i’s arm. and the one time he drove to the basket and didnt get a foul called he went nuts. he is just so used to him driving and if someone tries to stop him its and automatic foul. nba sux

    • hnirobert3 - Apr 17, 2011 at 7:58 AM

      Certain teams in the NFL don’t get the benefit of the doubt? I watch my Dolphins have a game stole away from them last year by the Pittsburgh Steelers on an obvious fumble by Big Ben.

    • hnirobert3 - Apr 17, 2011 at 8:02 AM

      Oh, and do we really need to comment on Tom Brady telling ref’s to throw flags and then the ref THROWS them? Please dude, get real. You just feel that way because there are more plays per game in the NBA than there are in the NFL, therefore there are going to be more fouls/penalties per game.

      • nfl25 - Apr 19, 2011 at 6:07 PM

        maybe its that way in the afc. i dont watch much afc. i guess brady and manning get calls like that but it happens so rarely

  4. nfl25 - Apr 16, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    chris bosh played really well, he is tough to stop

    • fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 18, 2011 at 11:38 AM

      After the game, Lebron and Wade took Bosh out for ice cream because he did so well. They then took him home and tucked him into bed. They are SO nice to that retarded kid!

  5. rickmirer - Apr 17, 2011 at 6:09 AM

    Bosh is the man, he’s been getting dumped on all year but the dude is cash money. I love seeing him do well after all the media has been knocking him.

    • hnirobert3 - Apr 17, 2011 at 8:03 AM

      When Bosh plays like that he’s tough to stop. I’d still take a handful of PF’s over him, though.

  6. rickmirer - Apr 17, 2011 at 6:16 AM

    nfl25
    I would’ve agreed with you 6 months ago, but the NFL is straight booty. The NBA is all about marketing and the NFL isn’t? Get real dude. They’re both guilty, they’re businesses. Basketball playoffs represent the best team through a 7 game series while the NFL reward chance and luck. I love(d) the NFL but basketball is exciting and way more bountiful.

    • nfl25 - Apr 25, 2011 at 4:45 PM

      of course they are both about $$. but the nfl dont kiss your a$$ if ur a star and let u get every call. u cant compare the 4 calls a year that brady and manning get to the dumb a$$ line i hear in the nba all the time “he is a star so he is gonna get the call”. why does he get the call??? when fitgerald goes deep and doesnt catch it, is it an automatic pass interference? no, i could go on and on

  7. vikesdynasty - Apr 17, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    still looks like a ostrich or a giraffe….

  8. mickdamill - Apr 18, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    If the Heat end up losing, their demise will be solely due to Bosh’s play. He is probably the weakest of the PF’s in the Eastern playoffs, any team they play from here on out are going to give this team fits in the post.

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