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76ers Vs. Heat: Miami Defeats Philly, 99-79

The Philadelphia 76ers look to make it two consecutive wins against the Eastern Conference's elite when they host the Miami Heat tonight.

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76ers Vs. Heat: Miami Defeats Philly, 99-79

The Miami Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 99-79 on Friday night in Wells Fargo Center. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Sixers and the Heat successfully bounced back from a loss to the Bucks. The 76ers now have a 16-7 record and are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference while they're in first place, ahead of Boston, in the Atlantic Division. Meanwhile, Miami has a 17-6 record which puts them in second place in the conference behind the Bulls, and in first place in the Southeast Division ahead of Atlanta.

The 76ers' starting lineup was led by guard Jodie Meeks, who scored 13 against the Heat. Jrue Holiday scored 11 while Andre Iguodala added 10. Both Elton Brand and Tony Battle were held scoreless in a combined 40 minutes of play. The team's leading scorer, Thaddeus Young, came off the bench to score 16. Lou Williams also scored 13 off the bench while both Lavoy Allen and Evan Turner both added eight.

The Heat were led by Dwyane Wade, who scored 26 points. LeBron James added 19 while Mario Chalmers added 13, Chris Bosh scored 12 and Joel Anthony added two. Mike Miller came off the bench to score 12, while Norris Cole scored 11 and Udonis Haslem scored four points.

The 76ers will try to rebound from their 20-point loss to the Heat on Saturday night on the road in Atlanta against the Hawks while the Heat will try to win two in a row Sunday afternoon at home against the Toronto Raptors.

For more on the 76ers, go to Liberty Ballers, and for updates on the Heat, head to Peninsula Is Mightier.

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76ers Vs. Heat: Miami Leads Philly 51-47 At Halftime

After two quarters of play, the Miami Heat leads the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 51-47 in Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers came into the game riding a four-game winning streak and have a 16-6 record, while the Heat, also with a 16-6 record, are looking to bounce back from a loss on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Guard Jodie Meeks led the 76ers starting lineup with nine points in the first half. Andre Iguodala added eight and Jrue Holiday scored four. The team's leading scorer in the first half was Thaddeus Young, who came off the bench to score 11. Lou Williams added nine points, Evan Turner added four and Lavoy Allen scored two.

The Heat were led by Dwyane Wade, who scored 13 and LeBron James and Mario Chalmers, who each scored nine. Chris Bosh scored eight and Joel Anthony rounded out the starting lineup by adding two. Norris Cole added eight off the bench along with Mike Miller who added two.

For updates on the second half, check out the 76ers at Liberty Ballers, and the Heat at Peninsula Is Mightier.

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76ers Schedule 2012: Sixers Face Heat And Hawks

The 16-6 Philadelphia 76ers are in the midst of the toughest part of their schedule early on in this 2011-12 season. So far they've hosted Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic and Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls and won both games fairly, and surprisingly, easy. Tonight they host two more mega-stars in LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat before traveling to Atlanta to face the Hawks in the second game of a back-to-back on Saturday night.

The Sixers have faced both the Heat and Hawks once earlier this season, losing to the Heat in Miami and beating the Hawks in Philadelphia. This weekend the home/road will be split as Miami comes to Philadelphia and the Sixers travel to Atlanta. In the Heat and Hawks, the Sixers will be facing two teams with a combined record of 32-13 this season.

For complete 76ers coverage, visit Liberty Ballers. For complete NBA coverage, check out SB Nation's NBA hub.

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76ers Vs. Heat Preview: LeBron And Wade Come To Philly

The Philadelphia 76ers look to make it two consecutive wins against the Eastern Conference's elite when they host the Miami Heat tonight.

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