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Friday, 7:00 PM at the Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA



31-11 (1st in Southeast, 2nd in East)

VS



25-18 (1st in Atlantic, 4th in East)

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By KYLE DOLAN

The Philadelphia 76ers (25-18) welcome the Miami Heat (31-11) to the Wells Fargo Center Friday night. The Sixers are coming off a 111-94 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, despite shooting 53 percent from the field in that game. The 17-point loss ended Philly’s three-game win streak and was the third-largest loss that the 76ers have suffered this season. The two that top it both came at the hands of the Miami Heat, who beat the Sixers by 21 points and 20 points in their only meetings so far this season.

Miami has lost two straight after falling to a Bulls team Wednesday night that was without reigning-MVP Derrick Rose. However, the Heat are still the second-best scoring team in the league, averaging 102.5 points per game, led by All-Star forward LeBron James. He leads his team in points (27.7), rebounds (8.4), assists (6.6) and steals (1.9).

When these two teams met in the playoffs last season, then-rookie Evan Turner was given the daunting task of checking James. Doug Collins thought that the 6’ 7” Turner could frustrate James with his physical and tenacious defensive style. As would happen against any defender, the Heat superstar was able to put up solid numbers, but Turner did an admirable job, making some key stops.

Evan Turner is averaging 8.6 rebounds per 36 minutes, the most of any perimeter player in the NBA this season, and the most of any since the 2000-01 season. Lebron James is second, with 8.1 per 36 minutes.

In Miami’s most recent visit to Philadelphia, the Heat shot 52 percent from the field and won 99-79. Dwayne Wade paced Miami with 26 points. The 76ers hope their new-look starting lineup, featuring a more aggressive Evan Turner, will better fare against one of the league’s elite teams.

The Sixers expect to use Spencer Hawes tonight and rest him tomorrow against the Chicago Bulls, who will be without superstar point guard Derrick Rose.

Probable Starters

SIXERS Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, Spencer Hawes

HEAT Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Joel Anthony

Season Leaders


Lou Williams: 15.9 PTS

POINTS


LeBron James: 27.7 PTS

Spencer Hawes: 7.9 REB

REBOUNDS


LeBron James: 8.4 REB

Andre Iguodala: 5.7 AST

ASSISTS


LeBron James: 6.6 AST

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