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Besides the Battier-for-Wade move, the Heat made another change to the starting lineup, with Ronny Turiaf starting at center over Joel Anthony.
Before the game, Sixers coach Doug Collins lamented how his team had the misfortune of playing Miami twice already this season in games immediately following Heat losses. And in both of those games, Miami made statements -- winning 99-79 on Feb. 3, then running out to a ridiculous 57-30 halftime lead on March 16 before escaping with an 84-78 victory.
And with the combination of the loss in Boston on Sunday, and the looming Wednesday game with Oklahoma City, Collins figured the Heat would try to put the 76ers away early.
Of course, when he said that, he also thought Wade would be playing.
Philadelphia led 54-51 at the break, then lost the lead for good while being outscored 25-16 in the third quarter. It was Miami's biggest third-quarter win since outscoring New York 29-19 in that period on Feb. 23.
"To start the third, we were careless," Collins said. "We turned the ball over. We didn't have the crisp passing that we had during the first half."
NOTES: Heat President Pat Riley was sitting with actor Michael Douglas, a longtime close friend. ... It was milestone night for the Heat. Chalmers got his 1,000th career assist, Turiaf got his 500th career block, and Haslem passed Alonzo Mourning for No. 1 on the franchise list in defensive rebounds. ... Philadelphia won the first 11 meetings with the Heat. Miami has now won the last 11 regular-season matchups between the clubs, 15 out of 16 when adding in last year's opening playoff round. ... Tuesday's game was the 110th Wade has missed because of injury in his career.
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