Wednesday, October 27, 7:00 PM at the Wells Fargo Center
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Head Coach Doug Collins
That Miami team is a really good team, to say the least, and they are a terrific defensive team. When you put LeBron [James] at the top of the floor with [Dwyane] Wade and they spread you out with those shooters and the pick-and-roll, it’s tough to defend. James Jones got hot and hit all those threes which broke the game open in that one stretch, but I was incredibly pleased with our players. They fought and battled back into the game and that was something we talked about the entire night. That Miami Heat team has championship aspirations and we are trying to learn to be competitive every night and bring that kind of energy and effort. We make mistakes, yes, the start of the third quarter really hurt us, I think we turned the ball over four straight times, I think the score went from 8 to 16 and that was a really defining time. If our guys will give this kind of effort every night then our fans will appreciate that, and it’s going to equate to some wins.
Q: You only got 30 points from your starting team. Do you need to see more production from them?
A: As I said before, my starters are not necessarily my best players – that’s why I said don’t get caught up with who’s starting. Evan [Turner] came in tonight and was terrific, Lou [Williams] did a really good job for us, Thad [Young], [Andres] Nocioni, we had some guys play very well. That is key for us. I thought Elton [Brand] battled, 12 points 9 rebounds, did a nice job. Spencer [Hawes] got in foul trouble, Jrue [Holiday] got off to a slow start, and this was a tough game for [Jason] Kapono to try to play in. That team is so athletic on the perimeter, it’s tough for him to get any shots.
Q: What you saw tonight from Evan [Turner], have you seen that from him yet this season?
A: You know what, he’s a gamer, he really is. I was so proud of him, he hadn’t taken a shot in three days in practice and he missed two or three early and just kept being aggressive. He took the ball to the basket, played with poise, played with confidence. I mean, he was terrific tonight. He did his best covering LeBron [James], tried to get on the floor and guard him, tried to guard [Dwyane] Wade. Miami’s perimeter guys, especially Wade and LeBron, probably do as good a job as any team, or any two players in the league, as what I call “rejecting pick-and rolls.” They’ll get you leaning towards the screen and then they’ll go away from it, and when they do, you’re in peril. I was so happy for Evan [Turner], especially for his first night in Philadelphia, to play in front of these fans and do this. It was a really good night for him.
Q: Going forward, how much can it help Evan [Turner] to have a game like this tonight against a team like the Heat?
A: I think that anytime you play well, it helps, especially as a young player. My biggest concern tonight was were we going to be able to score. I saw the Heat hold Boston to 88 points last night. Miami, for their greatness, as well as they play with their perimeter team, they are really great defensively. So, anytime you can find a little success it is going to help you and that was my biggest concern going into the game. I knew that they were going to be a tough cover, but were we going to be able to score was my question. There was a point in time when we had taken 14 or 15 more shots, and we couldn’t make them, but we had some good shots but our guys battled through it.
Guard Evan Turner
Q: What are your impressions tonight of your play?
A: I thought I did better than in the past. I got a pretty good rhythm going. I was in sync with my teammates tonight. I thought we might have been able to pull it out, but they have a lot of good players that contributed. James Jones hit some big shots, Lebron closed it out and D. [Dwyane] Wade found his stride. We had some tough breaks.
Q: Did it come a little easier than you thought it was going to be?
A: No, I had some rough rough days. Today I had a pretty good day. It’s definitely a blessing. We fought as a unit, that’s the most important thing, and we never gave up. I think coach [Doug Collins] was real impressed with how we kept going and learning, learning as much as we could and getting a lot of game time experience.
Forward Elton Brand
Q: You ended the game strong after being down 25. Do you feel a little different this year?
A: Yeah, it definitely felt a lot different out there. We still were fighting to the end, and we kind of had a chance late to get it to single digits. Coach [Doug Collins] is not going to let us give up, he wanted to find some guys that would keep fighting.
Q: Did you see a group that will keep fighting out there with you?
A: Yes, absolutely. We played well, we played the right way. We just let up six three-pointers and that was the game right there because we were in it other than that.
Q: Is it kind of the case with those three guys (Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh) that so much defensive emphasis goes on them that somebody such as James Jones or somebody can find some points because of lack of attention?
A: Absolutely, you have to pay so much attention to those three guys that someone’s going to get some open shots, so we just have to basically locate that guy and get to him a little faster. It was our defensive mishaps, but we didn’t have to leave them that open.
Heat beat 76ers 97-87 in 1st win for Big 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh have their first win with Miami, and the Big Three got help from some big 3s in the Heat's 97-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
Playing with purpose a night after an 88-80 loss in a hyped showdown with Boston, the three looked as if they still need some games to get used to playing with each other. Only Wade, with 30 points, looked particularly sharp against the Sixers. The Heat hit three straight 3-pointers in the third quarter to bust open an eight-point halftime lead.
James scored 16 points and Bosh had 15.
James and the Heat just couldn't squash the Sixers, who went on a 15-3 run late in the fourth to make it surprisingly competitive.
Wade's tough driving layup gave him 30 points - on 10-for-20 shooting - and sealed the win.
A James - not LeBron - led the Heat. James Jones hit 6-of-9 3s and scored 20 points. The Heat shot 50 percent from 3-point range - enough to make up for tough shooting nights from James and Bosh (combined 11 for 24).
Up next, Friday's home opener against Orlando.
For all the buzz surrounding the Heat, there were plenty of patches of empty seats in the announced sellout crowd of 20,389 in the Sixers' home opener.
Evan Turner led the Sixers with 16 points in his first NBA game. Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young had 15.
James heard the loudest boos when he was introduced from fans that can deliver them as vociferously as any city in the league. He heard them occasionally during the game, but the volume was turned down and the noise mostly disappeared as the Heat pulled away.
One fan's sign called James ``LeBum, the lyin' King'' while another read ``I witnessed no championship.''
James was slow to warm up, and played the first quarter like it was a preseason game. He was whistled for a travel, an offensive foul and threw the ball out of bounds off a drive down the lane.
James drew a crowd of onlookers during warmups, including several members of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Before the game, James said he already forgotten all about the Boston loss. He didn't seem to care about suggestions that teams were playing harder with a chance to shine against the marquee team in the NBA.
``I've been a friend of that bulls-eye for a long time,'' James said.
Jones was the one right on target.
He hit four 3s during a 16-2 run in the second quarter that gave the Heat a 49-41 lead at the break. For most of the first half, the fired-up Sixers gave Miami a bit of a run. In Doug Collins' first game as coach, the Sixers led 26-24 until Jones sparked a 10-0 run with the first 3 of his spurt.
The Heat kept rolling from long distance in the third quarter. Jones hit two around one from Eddie House and the lead was 76-51. Miami was up 80-54 after three.
As for the Sixers, Collins said before the game his pieces didn't all fit. It showed when he started Jason Kapono - one of the team leaders in DNP-CD's last season. Kapono and starters Spencer Hawes and Jru Holiday combined for eight points.
Notes: Flyers, Eagles and rapper Ludacris were all at the game. ... Andre Iguodala, playing a sprained right wrist, addressed the fans before the game, telling them, ``we're going to get to where you want us to be.'' ... Turner, the No. 2 overall pick, turned 22.
- With the loss tonight, the Sixers have dropped their fourth straight season opener. Philly trailed by as many as 26 tonight before trimming the final margin to 10. The Sixers largest margin of defeat in a home opener is 16 points vs. Houston in 1973-74 (104-88). That was Doug Collins rookie season with the Sixers.
- Miami has now won five straight over Philly for the first time since a nine-game span from 12/11/96-3/8/99.
- The Sixers scored just 87 points tonight. Philly was 3-17 when scoring below 90 points in 2009-10.
- Miami outshot Philly 47.8% to 43.4% from the floor tonight. The Sixers were 5-46 when shooting a lower percentage than the opposition last season.
- The HEAT hit 8 3-pointers on 50.0% shooting tonight. The Sixers were 5-28 when opponents shot 40.0% or better last season. Philly ranked last in the league in 3-point defense in 2009-10 (opponent franchise-high 39.3% 3FGs).
- The Sixers shot just 8-of-11 from the line tonight while the HEAT was 23-of-31. In 2008-09, Philly led the NBA in free throw differential (+5.1 FTA per). Last season, the Sixers ranked tied for 24th in that category (-2.2 FTA per). Opponents had as many or more FTM as the Sixers had FTA 29 times last season after that occurred just 10 times in 2008-09.
- Philly’s starting lineup did not attempt a single free throw tonight. Dating back to the start of the 1976-77 season (NBA/ABA merger), the Sixers never had a game in which their starting five failed to record a FTA (Courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau).
- Dwyane Wade had a game-high 30 points tonight. He had just 13 points at Boston last night. Wade scored 30+ points 27 times in 2009-10 (HEAT 20-7 mark). He averaged 28.5 ppg in four games against the Sixers last season.
- Rookie Evan Turner scored a team-high 16 points off the bench on 7-of-10 shooting. Turner shot 14-of-45 (31.1% FGs) from the floor this preseason and did not score more than 14 points in any of the seven games.
- Philly’s bench scored 57 points tonight and four reserves scored in double-figures. The Sixers bench scored 50+ points 10 times last season.
- Lou Williams had a game-high tying 7 assists tonight. He had 7+ assists nine times last season.
- LeBron James had 9 turnovers tonight after committing 8 turnovers in the HEAT’s season opener last night. Entering this season, James committed 8+ turnovers 10 times in 548 career games played.