James leads Heats past Phillies


MIAMI, Florida, April 19 – LeBron James scored 29 points, Chris Bosh had his second straight double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds as Miami easily beat Philadelphia 94-73 in game two of their opening round playoff series.

James also had seven rebounds and six assists for the Heat who never trailed in the game to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series.

Dwyane Wade, who missed practice with a headache Sunday, scored 14 points.

"He controlled the game," James said of Wade. "He had two people on him so he just got off the ball and let other guys make things happen and it’s good to have him on the court than in a suit."

Thaddeus Young scored 18 points and Evan Turner added 15 for the 76ers, who shot just 26 percent in a dismal first half.

Mike Bibby’s three pointer gave Miami a 49-31 lead at halftime, with Bosh, James and Wade all scoring at least 10 points.

"We know this team is going to have a lot of energy when we go back to Philly," Bosh said. "We’re going to have to keep that in mind and get off to another great start."

Game three is Thursday in Philadelphia.

The Heat stretched their lead to as high as 25 in the second half and led 75-52 at the end of the third. With the game in hand Miami rested their stars in the final quarter.

"Our energy tonight was much better," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, "from beginning to end."

It was Philadelphia’s second-lowest playoff point total since 1955. In the 1999 postseason, they lost 79-68 to Orlando.

"If they’re playing great, they’re a better team," Sixers coach Doug Collins said of Miami. "OK? If they’re playing on top of their game, they’re a better team. I mean, they won 58, we won 41. That doesn’t mean that we aren’t going to play and compete and fight.

"But when they come out tonight and defend the way they did it’s going to be very difficult for us to beat them."