The Sixers lost to the Heat by 23 points. It wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate. As far as basketball games go, this one was very bad. The Sixers emptied the bench. The fourth quarter was just Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslen taking turns jacking up shots. Luckily, the game means literally nothing for the Sixers.
Some of my favorite moments were the following:
- Amir Johnson and Greg Monroe played at the same time.
- Haywood Highsmith got minutes.
- Heat fans chanted mean things about Paul Pierce.
- Magic Johnson resigned during the second half.
- The game ended.
The Sixers only have to get through one more game like this until the playoffs start. We just need to root for good health, which took a minor hit tonight with Jonah Bolden leaving the game early due to knee soreness.
With the loss, the Sixers now officially have a worse record than last season. It really doesn’t matter. Once again, they’ll be the three-seed in the East, and they’ll play the better of Orlando and Brooklyn.
Greg Monroe led the Sixers with 18 points. Ben Simmons added 16, Jonathon Simmons had 14, Boban Marjanovic had 12, and Zhaire Smith had 11. No other Sixer reached double figures in any statistical category.
It was a strange and painful game, but things are going to get really fun really soon.