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NBA Playoffs: Philly earns itself one more game this season. One.

Apr 24, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

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If you believed in conspiracy theories, you could say that Miami is going to make a lot of extra money out of the extra home date for a Game 5 Tuesday.

We’re not that guy. We think Miami came out flat as a lot of teams do up 3-0 and let the Philadelphia hang around then at the end of the game the Sixers best players out executed the Heat’s best and they get the win.

It means there will be a Game 5 Tuesday night. And that will be the end of the series. Make no mistake the Heat will show up focused for that one at home and overwhelm the 76ers as they did the first couple games.

But for one game, the Sixers had their day. They played harder, they executed better at the end.

Philadelphia raced out to a 14-4 lead showing off one of the little secrets of this series — the Philly starters have outplayed the Sixers starters. It’s true (they were +25 for the series through the first quarter of this game). Plus Mike Bibby was taking more shots than Lebron James, and that is a bad sign.

But as you expect, the Heat crawled back and were up 6 with 90 seconds to go and you thought the sweep was on. But the Sixers played with pride — give them credit for not rolling over.

Kneejerk reaction everywhere is to climb all over LeBron for missing the game-tying shot late, but as Tom Haberstroh of ESPN’s Heat Index tweeted, you can lay this one at Dwyane Wade’s feet.

One minute left, Spoelstra runs the Wade-LeBron pick-and-roll. Wade had LeBron posted up on Jrue (Holiday), but couldn’t get him the pass…

On other end, Wade relaxes on defense and Jrue drills a 3-pointer on him…

Next play, Wade clears out, misses fadeaway J. Next play, Lou Williams pulls up for a 25-footer and drills another 3 on Wade…

Really though, Wade was the best of the big three today. Chris Bosh lived on the perimeter (where he is not effective). The Heat’s bigger problems was terrible point guard play from Mike Bibby and Mario Chalmers, which was by-and-large awful.

Holiday took advantage of that. Lou Williams had his moments. Philly played good defense and for one day, one game that was enough.

It’s will not be Tuesday. Miami will want a few days off before taking on Boston starting the following weekend. But for one day Philly showed why they were a pretty good team that made the playoffs this season.

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  1. drmonkeyarmy - Apr 24, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Kurt, are you watching the games or reading the box scores? I’m not trying to be rude, but to say the Heat overwhelmed the Sixers in game 1 or 3 is just patently false. They were tight, close affairs. I don’t expect a beat down in game 5, I think it will take the mold of most of the series…a close hard fought game.

  2. thekingdave - Apr 24, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    We, as in Kurt Helin? Just like in the DAL/POR, you’re not watching the games, just revising history.

  3. barklikeadog - Apr 24, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Hate the heat!

  4. - Apr 24, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Well even though I can’t stand the Heat, they Did win the first 3 games. They aren’t a championship TEAM yet. maybe next year.

  5. goforthanddie - Apr 24, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    “the Philly starters have outplayed the Sixers starters.”
    I dunno, seems like they’re very evenly matched so far.

  6. nfl25 - Apr 24, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    could you imagine if game one wasnt in king james’s house and everytime he drove to the basket it was only a foul if someone actually touched him? series could be 2-2. game 3 and 4 were fair, heat may have gotten a little more calls but it wasnt so bad that you want to break ur tv. even the lefraud james lovers that carry a picture of him in their wallet have to admit the games are so differnet when they arent in miami, you cant breath on lebron or wade without a foul and they can do whatever they want and its not a foul. chris bosh is a really good player and d wade is unstoppable when he wants to take over but james is so annoying.

  7. nfl25 - Apr 24, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    is it me or does andre iggodoula try to get in foul trouble? its like he wants to be taken out of the game. he is so important to helping the sixers stop lebron and he reaches in at the last second on drives like he is trying to foul. i just dont get it

  8. egls7 - Apr 24, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    The philly starters outplayed the sixer starters?

    • balewsquare - Apr 25, 2011 at 12:53 AM

      That’s what makes it a dirty little secret

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