MIAMI – Here are my key takeaways and “best” and “worst” awards from the 76ers’ 102-101 setback against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night at the American Airlines Arena.
— The Sixers keep acquiring shooters, but they need a lockdown perimeter defender. Dwyane Wade became the latest scorer to torch the Sixers in a reserve role. He finished with a season-high 27 points after scoring 15 of the Heat’s final 17 points. But before folks chalk this up as Wade being Wade, think back to how the Indiana Pacers’ Lance Stephenson, the Chicago Bulls’ Bobby Portis and the Washington Wizards’ Kelly Oubre Jr. also came off the bench to dominate the Sixers.
— The Sixers are once again losing games in which they held double-digit leads. They had a 13-point edge in the second quarter and led by 10 after Richaun Holmes’ hook shot with 9 minutes, 21 seconds remaining.
— JJ Redick scored the 35th four-point play of his career in the second quarter. The Sixers shooting guard’s fifth point was also the 9,000th of his career. He finished with 15 points in the game.
— This marked the fourth time that Joel Embiid has played in three games in four nights. All of them have come in February. On this night, the all-star was hampered by foul trouble. He had 23 points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes.
— The Sixers are trending in the wrong direction. They have lost two straight after winning their previous seven games. Both losses came on the road, where the Sixers are 13-17.
‘Best’ and ‘worst’ awards
— Best performance: I had to give this to Wade for being the latest reserve to take over a game against the Sixers. He scored what turned out to be the game-winning basket on a 21-foot jumper over Ben Simmons with 5.9 seconds left.
— Worst performance: This goes to Amir Johnson. The Sixers reserve center missed all three of his shots en route to failing to score a point. He did have five rebounds – three on offense – but graded out at a minus-11 in 12:37.
— Best defensive performance: Hassan Whiteside gets this for finishing with a game-high three blocks to go with three steals.
— Worst statistic: Redick and Robert Covington combined to shoot 6 for 24 from the field – including 3 for 12 on three-pointers.
— Best statistic: I gave this to Wade’s scoring 15 fourth-quarter points on 5-for-7 shooting.
— Worst of the worst: This goes to the Sixers’ losing their second straight and sixth in their last seven road games.