Earlier in the week Lebron praised Iverson calling him the “pound for pound greatest player to ever play the game of basketball” and on the night of Iverson’s retirement ceremony, Lebron and the Heat were in Philadelphia for what seemed to be an easy W on the road. But this is the NBA, and the other guys get paid too.
The Heat usually struggle on the second night of a back to back, and the same was true last night. Dwyane Wade was not available as he is still being careful on his recently rehabbed knees and with that said, the teams’ defensive effort looked extremely lethargic to start the game. The 76ers jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the 1st quarter Lebron and Bosh brought the Heat back eventually and the Heat lead by as many as 8 in late in the 4th quarter. However, rookie Michael Carter Williams’ near quadruple double effort gave the Sixers the edge that they needed to best the Heat 114-110. Lebron scored 25 with 13 assists, while Chris Bosh added 22 points with 10 rebounds.
The loss obviously comes as a surprise as the 76ers were one of the teams admitting to be tanking the season in order to have a shot for a lottery pick at next year’s draft, which apparently one of the deepest since 2003.
Friday: The Heat are live Brooklyn against the Nets for their home opener. Tip off is at 8:00 PM on ESPN.