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Sixers pull off stunning upset, open season with win over Heat

Oct 30, 2013, 9:56 PM EDT

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The Sixers were tabbed by most to be the worst team in the league this year, and no one expected it to be that close. The team’s own head coach said he only thought Philadelphia was fielding six NBA-caliber players, but that was enough at least for one night.

Philadelphia caught the defending champion Heat playing on the road, on the second night of a back-to-back, without Dwyane Wade, who Miami decided to hold out to rest. All of those were contributing factors in the Sixers coming away with a stunning 114-110 victory that sent the Heat to 1-1 on the young season.

Miami trailed by as many as 22 points early, falling behind 26-4 to start the game. It didn’t take too long to crawl out of that hole, however — the Heat were down just two by halftime, took the lead early in the third, and took a nine-point lead into the final period after Ray Allen drained a three-pointer from just beyond half court at the third quarter buzzer.

Philadelphia trailed by eight with 4:55 to play, but finished the game on a 15-3 run to steal the victory. Evan Turner scored 11 of his game-high 26 points while playing all 12 minutes of the final period.

In addition to Turner, it was Spencer Hawes and rookie Michael Carter-Williams who did the bulk of the damage for the Sixers. Hawes finished with 24 points and nine rebounds, and Carter-Williams had a monster debut, finishing with 22 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists, and nine steals.

Miami will chalk this up to not being mentally prepared for an opponent who, on paper, had no business hanging with the two-time champs. There will be the excuse of the back-to-back and the fact that Wade rested, and Erik Spoelstra will have a teachable moment to refer back to all season long as his team faces similar circumstances in the future.

Meanwhile, the Sixers can use this win to build upon, and you can bet that the team’s new head coach, Brett Brown, feels pretty great about the work he’s done in the preseason getting his guys ready to turn in such an incredible, unexpected performance.

  1. davidly - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    It’s gonna be a long season. I wouldn’t expect the Heat to rack up as many wins as some think they would. Riley knows that you don’t have to have home court to win it all, and if resting your franchise guy on day two is any indication, don’t expect them to reach 60 this year.

    Mark the last day of the regular season on your calendars–when the Sixers head down to Miami. Sure, it probably won’t mean much to the fate of Philly, maybe even not for Miami, but is LBJ gonna let some rookie come down and put on a show on their home court after what he did last night? It won’t be up to Wade, because I’d bet the farm that he won’t be on the court on April 16th. They’re gonna need him fresh for the playoffs.

    • miamatt - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      For that matter, I would hope to god LBJ won’t be on the court on the last game of the regular season. If the Heat care at all about revenge (doubtful) it will be up to Norris Cole and “the other guys”.

      • davidly - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:24 AM

        What you say is true. Only time will tell if they’ll need to suit up the whole squad. LBJ is tough enough, and he’ll be healthy, which is key. So if home court comes down to the last day, he–and just about everybody else–is gonna play. And even though it won’t mean much to the Sixers as a team, that’d be a pretty big game for the rookie.

        Anyway, I’m in no hurry to get to next April.

  2. jblah - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Great game for the sixers. It just shows that we have things here we can build upon! Great team win! I can’t wish for the sixers to lose even if i tried. its not in anyones nature to “tank” for the season. I don’t expect that with these guys either.

    • tfoz5150 - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      i know, i know, but we have to try.

  3. jbeagles23 - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Players will never try to tank. And who here honestly believes the heat won’t win it all?

    • bcwildcat24 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      I don’t think it’s as much as a foregone conclusion as some people think. But they’ll still have a very good season and will be right there with a chance to reach their 4th straight final…. in spite of canton’s wishful thinking.

  4. cruzan80 - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    The real news here to me is the fact that its only 2nd game of the season & Wade already has to sit out with “sore knees”…….

  5. golfrangeman - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Canton idiot being completely obsessed with LBJ and the Heat 24 7. Notice you don’t post when they win. Hope you enjoy crying yourself to sleep at night.

  6. officialgame - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    MCW has all the athletic tools you need to be a Superstar. The great ones bring it every night so he has years of hard work ahead be but if he wants to be the man he can be.

    • spursareold - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      His coach, Bret Brown, was part of the player development team in SA.

  7. jzone954 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Crazy thing is, it was amazing to see there fans were so excited and happy like it was the closing game 7 of the Ec finals. I mean that’s how hated and how bad teams wanna beat Miami, even it’s a preseason or regular season game. The place erupted, and rightlyfully so…..6ers played a good game.

    • tfoz5150 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      First thing is they were supposed to get smoked. #2, we haven’t beaten the Heat in 15 tries, literally. Lastly, this is the year of WIGGiNS!!! Nobody expected (Wanted) what happened the other night to even happen. But when push comes to shove, apparently as a fan, there’s still a desire to have your team win, even if it does affect your long term future. It was kind of like the Perfect Storm of emotion all flowin over, that’s why.

  8. pl4tinum514 - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    i loved the part at the end where lebron pounded the ball at the top of the circle waiting to rush in and win the game, and mcw decided he was going to take the ball away and make lebron look like a b!tch

    suck it lebron, youre a choker, a loser, and if it werent for ray allen, you wouldnt have gotten that ring the other night. you tried to choke that game away to the spurs with all your might. now youre choking games away to the scrubs of the league

    • bcwildcat24 - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Wow. That’s all I have to say. So when Lebron dropped 37 points in game 7 last year, with the Spurs daring him to shoot jumpers all night, that was nothing? I would call you a troll, but that’d just be insulting to other trolls. You and Canton belong in a class all by yourself. Lebron will hoist a 3rd straight trophy this year. 1 game doesn’t make a season..

    • cwilson6843 - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      And I believe if it weren’t for Scottie pippen Mj wouldn’t have 6 rings so what are u trying to say? A superstar helps get u there but it takes a team to win. And I’m tired of the “if it wasn’t for ray allen” talk. Well it doesn’t matter because in reality ray allen hit the shot and the heat got there ring. End of discussion

  9. cabrera24 - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    As of today’s date , 10-31-13;
    1. Durant
    2. Lebron
    3. Melo
    4. Kobe (when he’s 100%)
    5. Westbrook ( when he’s 100%)
    6. Paul George .
    7. Rose
    8. Wade
    9 Parker
    10 CP3
    My opinion guys .

  10. jzone954 - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    “Suck it” after game 2 lol!!!
    And “choke artists” don’t usually rack up 2 consecutive rings there guy…..

    • bcwildcat24 - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Shhhh don’t go on stating facts. They just get in the way of his little fantasy world.

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