That didnt affect any of the rhythm, Spoelstra said. It didnt have anything to do with that.
The Heat turned the ball over 19 times and went 16 of 40 from three-point range. James led the Heat with 25 points and went 9 of 17 from the field. He was 4 of 7 from three-point range and had 13 assists. Chris Bosh had 22 points, going 8 of 13 from the field and 2 of 3 from three-point range. He also had 10 rebounds.
Bosh counterpart, Sixers big man Spencer Hawes, scored 24 points and went 10 of 14 from the field. Evan Turner led the Sixers with 26 points and five assists and rookie Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and nine steals in his professional debut. Williams nine steals set an NBA record for steals in a first game.
• The Heat missed its first seven field goals of the game.
• Philadelphia missed its first 11 field goals then missed 11 straight consecutive field goals from 1:10 in the first quarter to 6:10 in the second quarter.
• The 45 points by the Heat in the third quarter set a court record.
After trailing throughout the first half, the Heat took the lead, 60-59, with 8:33 left in the third quarter when Udonis Haslem found room inside against Hawes for a layup. Bosh stepped into a three-pointer on the next possession and James followed with a three-pointer of his own to give the Heat a 66-62 lead with 7:47 left in the period.
The Heat shot 72.7 percent from field (16 of 22) in the third quarter and was 10 of 13 from three-point range in the period. Ray Allen, who went 4 of 4 from distance in the period, made three three-pointers in the final 40 seconds of quarter, including a 48-footer at the buzzer. Allen finished the game with 19 points off the bench.
Despite the offensive surge, the Heat couldnt hold off the Sixers in the final 12 minutes.
We went into the fourth quarter up nine points and scored 45 points in the third quarter, thats usually a game that we win, Haslem said. We go back and look at the film and see what happened in the fourth and breakdowns and well correct. Its still the second game of the year and we still have a lot of room for improvement on both ends of the floor.