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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and delcotimes.com. He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Friday, February 3, 2012

FEELING SOME HEAT

The Sixers were on a 5-1 homestand, having not been beaten in regulation, and had the Miami Heat in the Wells Fargo Center Friday.

Rap stars, at least one actress well known for a particular brand of film, former players and 20,994 passionate fans filled the Wells Fargo Center.

And they watched the Sixers lose, 99-79, to fall to 0-2 this season against the team that eliminated them from the playoffs last season.

"I wouldn't say this hurts us," Thad Young said. "We are a team that can match you blow for blow."

The Sixers were down bu four at halftime and by four after three quarters. But in a weird, 66-game sprint of a season, they ran out of steam at the end.

"I think they have as many athletes as us," Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said, "if not more."

The Sixers are 16-7, play in Atlanta Saturday and will host the Lakers Monday. That gives them a chance to recover quickly ... or not.

They are feeling some Heat now, but they did beat Chicago earlier in the week.

Too early to panic.

 β€œThis was a damper,” said Elton Brand, who was held scoreless in his 28 minutes. β€œIt's definitely a damper. But I am looking at it as one bad quarter of basketball. We were right there. It could have been a fight to the finish.”

Check out my column in the Daily Times Saturday and, as always, on delcotimes.com

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