(Sports Network) - The star-studded Miami Heat invade Philadelphia Thursday in search of a commanding 3-0 series lead in their Eastern Conference quarterfinals set with the overmatched Philadelphia 76ers.
Saturday's series opener came down to the closing minutes but Monday's tilt was a wire-to-wire drubbing that was all but decided by halftime with Miami holding the Sixers to 26 percent shooting in the opening 24 minutes en route to an 18-point lead.
"I always felt that when they wanted to, they were as good as any defensive team in the NBA," Sixers coach Doug Collins said of Heat.
"Our energy was much better from beginning to end," Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said. "The biggest thing we wanted to do was come into the game with a lot more of a motor and energy to set the tone."
"I thought Miami played a great, great game," Collins said. "If they are playing on top of their game, they are a better team. That doesn't mean that we aren't going to play and compete ... but it is going to be very difficult to beat them."
Philadelphia shot a woeful 4-of-20 from the field in the opening frame and never recovered. Lou Williams, the Sixes' leading bench scorer during the regular season but hobbled by a hamstring injury, went 3- for-10 from the field in Game 1 and 1-for-8 for eight points in Game 2.
Miami also swept Philadelphia in a three-game season series in 2010-11, winning by an average of 10 points a contest. The teams have never met in the postseason before.
Game 4 in the set is also scheduled for Wells Fargo Center on Easter Sunday.