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Friday, January 17, 2014, 7:00PM (EST) at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

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by Max Rappaport, Sixers.com
Posted: January 17, 2014

The last time the Sixers and Heat met, it was a night of firsts.

Beyond simply being the opening game of Philadelphia’s 2013-14 season, the October 30 meeting was also Brett Brown’s first game as an NBA head coach. For seven members of the team, it was their first regular seasonappearance in Sixers red, white, and blue, and for three of those seven, it was their first NBA game. One of those three rookies, point guard Michael Carter-Williams, made history that night, becoming the first player to notch nine steals in a debut game. Those steals, along with his 22 points, 12 assists, and seven rebounds, helped propel the Sixers to their first win over Miami since a Game Four win in the first round of the 2011 Playoffs.

Friday night, the Sixers look to make it two straight against the Heat, when they host the defending champions at 7pm at Wells Fargo Center.

Scouting the Heat
Good Looks
Despite attempting a league-low 76.8 shots per game – the fewest by any team since the 2010-11 Boston Celtics - the Heat boast the NBA’s seventh-best scoring offense (104.1 PPG). They accomplish this by shooting a league-leading 50.7% from the field. It’s currently the best team field-goal percentage since the 1994-95 season, when the Utah Jazz converted 51.2% of their shots for the season. The Heat are led by 2012-13 MVP LeBron James, who’s shooting a career-high 58.7% from the floor. He’s currently the first non-post player to convert over 58% from the field since Kevin Gamble did so with the Celtics in 1990-91 (min. 500 total minutes, 10 PPG).

Opportunistic Opponents
Blessed with two of the best transition weapons in the league – LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the Heat lead the NBA in points per game scored off of turnovers, averaging 19.7. But when the Heat and Sixers met on October 30, Philadelphia outscored Miami 27-23 off of turnovers. The Sixers rank sixth in the league in that category (18.1 PPG).

Snapping a Skid
Wednesday night in Washington, DC, the Heat were handed their third straight loss, falling to the Wizards 114-97. The three-game skid is Miami’s longest since suffering consecutive losses to Warriors, Clippers, and Nuggets in January of 2012. During the losing streak, the Heat have scored just 94.7 points per game, the sixth-fewest in the league.

Tale of the Tape

Category Heat (27-11) Sixers (13-25)
PPG LeBron James – 25.9 Evan Turner – 19.0
RPG Chris Bosh – 6.7 Spencer Hawes – 8.7
APG LeBron James – 6.5 Michael Carter-Williams – 7.0
SPG Mario Chalmers – 1.9 Michael Carter-Williams – 2.6
BPG Chris Andersen – 1.1 Spencer Hawes – 1.4