The third quarter was the biggest problem area during the regular season. The Sixers had a tendency to start the second half poorly, which cost them a bunch of games.
The second period has been the issue in the first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat. They have been outscored, 61-37, in the two second quarters -- 31-19 in the period during a Game 1 loss and 30-18 during the second in Monday's 94-73 Game 2 defeat. The Sixers have a 44-38 edge in the first quarters.
Sixers coach Doug Collins said it wasn't as much what the Sixers did this time as much as how good the Heat were.
"If they're playing great, they're a better team," Collins said. "They won 58 and we won 41 (in the regular season). When they play like they did, they're very tough to beat. That doesn't mean we're not going to compete and fight."
As a result, the Sixers must win four of the next five against a more talented, more experienced team to avoid elimination. Game 3 will be Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center.
"We put ourselves in position to win Game 1," Collins said. "We did not do that (Monday)."
HEAT 94, SIXERS 73: The Sixers managed just 31 points in the first half after getting 31 in the first quarter of Game 1. They had difficulty scoring all night, going 12-for-49 from the field in the first two-plus quarters en route to a 27-for-79 evening (34.2 percent). Only some garbage-time baskets allowed the Sixers to outscore the Miami trio of Dwyane Wade (14), LeBron James (29) and Chris Bosh (21), 73-64. Thaddeus Young again led the Sixers with 18 points, though eight of them came in the final 6:19 (when they could draw no closer than 18 points) and four of his shots were blocked. Rookie Evan Turner added 15 points.
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