Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hawes Fuels 76ers Past Shocked Heat

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hawes Fuels 76ers Past Shocked Heat

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Spencer Hawes scored 24 points and hit the winning basket late in the fourth quarter to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Miami Heat, 114-110, Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The 76ers were strong from the opening tip, they made their first 11 shots and raced to a stunning 26-4 lead. The Heat, though, erased the deficit in the third quarter and appeared to take control behind LeBron James.

Hawes hit a 3-pointer, then a driving layup for a 109-108 lead with 2:01 left.

James blew two consecutive chances to put Miami up, losing the ball on a drive down the middle, then missed a 6-footer on the next possession.

Shane Battier missed his seventh consecutive 3-point attempt, and the 76ers put the game away with free-throws.

Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points, 12 assists and set an NBA first-game record with nine steals for the 76ers. Evan Turner scored 26.

LeBron James had 25 points and 13 assists and Chris Bosh scored 22 for Miami. The Heat received their NBA championship rings Tuesday night at home.

Miami guard Dwyane Wade sat out to rest his sore knees. Coach Erik Spoelstra says he wanted to give Wade an extra day to recover with the Heat playing on consecutive nights. Wade scored 13 points for the Heat in their 107-95 win Tuesday against Chicago.

For most of the game, the 76ers played more like the team in the hunt for the championship, not rebuilding. Allen Iverson, Charles Barkley, Julius Erving and Moses Malone were among the former 76ers on hand for opening night.

The Heat surely could have used Wade. Wade, though, had walked into locker room both knees wrapped in ice and an understanding it was too early in the season to push himself. He said it was "just being smart."

"It was not pre-planned, it was something our trainers and coaches came to me with," Wade said. "It's early in the season, it's just a precaution."

James said Wade could take all the time he needed. "If he needs to take the second game of the season, the 30th game, 50th game, 80th game, that's the way it is," James said.

After all, the Heat were a double-digit favorite to rout the 76ers, and expected to have little trouble against one of the worst teams in the NBA. …

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