PHILADELPHIA -- Brett Brown called it.
The 76ers coach knew his squad was facing the Miami Heat at the wrong time. The two-time defending NBA champions were coming off their first three-game losing streak in two seasons. In those setbacks, Miami was uncharacteristically awful on defense.
"You are getting a very talented, angry team that's going to go up many, many levels defensively," Brown said before Friday night's 101-86 setback to the Heat. "And that is going to be a real test for our young team, because we lead the league in turnovers already.
"We are going to be faced with an angry team ... that rolls out a bunch of thoroughbreds that are going to make us pay if we are not smart."
And boy, did they make the Sixers pay.
The Heat's 15-point victory at Wells Fargo Center was more lopsided than the final margin indicated.
You knew it was a bad night for the home team when Heat reserve Ray Allen, whose is usually landlocked, had a fastbreak dunk in the second quarter. Then you knew things were really bad when Spencer Hawes missed a dunk late in the quarter. And you knew the Sixers (13-26) were destined to get blown out when Hawes (2 for 9), Thad Young (1 for 9) and Michael Carter-Williams (0 for 4) combined to shoot 3 for 22 in the first half.
Yes, it was one of those nights for the home team, which has lost five of six games.
The Sixers made just 2 of 20 three-point attempts, shot 36.9 percent from the field, committed 23 turnovers and had 12 shots blocked.
The Heat (28-11) led by as many as 25 points twice in the third quarter. The second time came when Dwyane Wade's layup made it a 79-54 contest with 3 minutes, 40 seconds left in the quarter. Miami then appeared to be on cruise control before LeBron James put on a show late in the game.
Miami center Chris Bosh had a game high 23 points and five blocks. James added 21 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. The reigning league MVP scored 10 of his points in the fourth quarter.
Reserve point guard Tony Wroten led the Sixers with 13 points. Hawes had 10 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 5 for 14 from the field.
Sixers reserve Lavoy Allen missed his fourth consecutive game due to an injury.
The post player, who had been sidelined with a strained right calf, felt pain in his left knee while sprinting before Wednesday's game against the Charlotte Bobcats. The 6-foot-9, 255-pounder's knee pain comes from a previous injury that sidelined him in the preseason.
He said the "plan" is to return Saturday night at the Chicago Bulls.
"I feel a little bit better," Allen said after Friday morning's shootaround at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "Hopefully, tomorrow I will be ready to go. The calf is fine."
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