Monday, April 18, 2011

Poor shooting in first half dooms 76ers in loss to Miami Heat

— Philadelphia's playoff series against the Heat started well enough.

The 76ers scored 31 points in the first quarter of Game 1 and seemed able to impose their offensive will against their more-heralded opponents.

But it's been all downhill since.

On Monday, Philadelphia shot 34.2 percent during a 94-73 blowout loss that gives the Heat a 2-0 series lead.

"I thought our poor shooting really discouraged us," 76ers coach Doug Collins said. "At halftime, I figured out over the last six quarters we've shot 31-of-105. Eventually you got to make some shots."

The 76ers' 25.6 shooting percentage in the first half was the lowest allowed by the Heat in one half in a playoff series. Philadelphia's starting five made only four shots from the field during the opening 24 minutes.

"They jumped on us and we couldn't get up," Collins said.

How bad was the opening half for the Sixers? The Heat's Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each outscored Philadelphia's five starters combined.


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