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Miami Heat  at  Philadelphia 76ers
February 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM ET

Heat Visits Sixers in Northeast Showdown

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Miami Heat tangle with the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday evening. The Heat (30-27) have had somewhat of a rollercoaster season, but despite their fair share of trials and tribulations, they're currently hanging on to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. However, Miami has been doing a lot more losing than winning of late, as they've dropped six of their last seven contests. Their most recent stumble came against the Toronto Raptors, which edged them by a 115-112 score on Tuesday night, a game in which the Heat's furious comeback over the final 4:42 ultimately fell short. Goran Dragic overcame a tough individual matchup against Kyle Lowry to lead the way for the Heat with a game-high 28 points, which he supplemented with four assists, two rebounds and one steal. James Johnson followed with a bench-leading 16 points and added seven rebounds. Wayne Ellington finished with 15 points, seven boards and one assist, with all of his scoring coming from three-pointers. Bam Adebayo supplied 11 points, five boards, three assists and one block. Dwayne Wade managed a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double that also included six assists in his second game back with Miami. Hassan Whiteside accomplished the feat as well with 10 points, 10 boards, one assist, two steals and one block. Josh Richardson accounted for 10 points, five assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block. Tyler Johnson drew the start and mustered a modest seven points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal. The Heat's one injury of note Wednesday is to Kelly Olynyk, who is already ruled out with a shoulder strain. The 76ers (29-25) have encountered markedly better fortune than their opponents recently, as they'll come into Wednesday's tilt having won four consecutive contests, and five of their last six overall. Philadelphia's most recent success came at the expense of the New York Knicks, which they disposed of by a 108-92 score on Monday night. Dario Saric led the Sixers with 24 points and complemented them with four rebounds and one assist. J.J. Redick supplied 18 points, two assists, one rebound and one steal. Joel Embiid had a relatively quiet game by his standards with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal. Ben Simmons and Robert Covington produced matching 13-point tallies, with the former also collecting six rebounds, six assists, four steals and three blocks, and the latter registering five boards, two assists, one steal and one block. T.J. McConnell led the reserves with a 10-point, 11-assist, 10-rebound triple-double that also included six steals. The Sixers will list Anderson as questionable for Wednesday's game with an ankle sprain he suffered late in Monday's contest, while the just-signed Marco Belinelli will be 50/50 to make his team debut. Markelle Fultz (shoulder) and Furkan Korkmaz (foot) remain out. Wednesday's game marks the second of four meetings between the teams this season. The Sixers prevailed at home by a 103-97 margin in the first contest on Feb. 2.

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 10:13 PM ET      Updated on February 13, 2018 at 10:15 PM ET

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