LeBron James and the rest of the Heat took one of their days off last week to record a Harlem Shake video, which immediately went viral. One would think that with so much goofing around on their off days can't always translate to on-court success, but the Heat just keep on rolling. After getting past the Orlando Magic on Wednesday evening they now have extended their win streak to sixteen games. They are by far the best team in the NBA right now with everyone contributing behind MVP-candidate James. They look for win number seventeen tonight against a 76ers team looking to find its identity and also get back into the playoff mix.
The 76ers were one of the more surprising teams last year, pushing the Celtics to the brink in a game 7 showdown before faltering and losing a hotly contested series. Majority of basketball fans considered the 76ers to be a top contender once again, especially after trading for Andrew Bynum and signing on veteran shooter Jason Richardson. But as the season is now fastly coming to a close, both Bynum and Richardson are sidelined with injuries, and head coach Doug Collins has been visibly frustrated. Collins called out the Sixers squad after a late February loss, questioning if they are putting in the full amount of effort required to be great and compete against teams like the Heat. The Sixers (23-37) have dropped three in a row and 10 of their last 11 games. Last time they played the Heat, they allowed Miami to shoot 58% from the field. Tonight's game is in Miami, and the Sixers haven't won away from home since New Year's Day.
James continues to lead the Heat in just about every statistical category, averaging 27 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Jrue Holiday has been one of the lone bright spots on a Sixers squad that has changed frequently this season. He is averaging 19 points and 8.6 assists per game. The Heat have won 12 consecutive games against Philadelphia and if they win tonight they will tie the franchise mark for most consecutive wins versus one team. The Heat also boast a 27-3 record at home, feeling quite comfortable in the confines of American Airlines Arena. The Sixers are an abysmal 6-21 away from home, so it looks like the Heat will move onto win number 17 in a row.