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There was some thought her game had dropped off
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MIAMI - All the Miami Heat had to do to secure their first home winning streak in more than a month was hold onto a 23-point second-half lead against a team with the NBAs worst record. Keke Coutee Jersey .And even that proved too difficult.Michael Carter-Williams scored 20 points, Luc Mbah a Moute added 19 and the Philadelphia 76ers went on an enormous run to turn the game around and stun the Heat 91-87 on Tuesday night — winning consecutive games for the first time this season.It aint going to get no worse than this, Heat guard Dwyane Wade said.Miami was up 69-46 midway through the third quarter.Philadelphia — yes, Philadelphia, the team that started the season with 17 straight losses, one of those coming by 53 points — outscored the Heat 45-18 the rest of the way.A very unlikely win, 76ers coach Brett Brown said, with incredibly unusual circumstances.The 76ers only had eight players available because of illness, injuries and roster moves. Carter-Williams played every minute of the second half, Mbah a Moute played 20 of those 24 minutes, and despite basically everyone logging heavy minutes Philadelphia forced Miami into 28 per cent shooting after halftime and outrebounded the Heat 25-18.I think we just keep fighting, Carter-Williams said. Were losing — theres not much we can do but keep plugging, trying to come back, especially when theres time left in the game.K.J. McDaniels scored 13, while Jerami Grant and Robert Covington each had 11 for Philadelphia.Wade scored 17 of his 23 points in the first half for Miami, which was outscored 49-30 after halftime and plays host to LeBron James and Cleveland on Thursday in a Christmas Day showdown.And this was anything but the way the Heat wanted to go into that one.Obviously, thatll be a common theme that we were looking ahead, but all of a sudden do you start looking ahead halfway through the third quarter, Oh, lets start thinking about the Christmas game, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Thats not it. You have to credit their defence.Shawne Williams scored 17 and Mario Chalmers added 11 for the Heat, who missed four 3-pointers that would have given them the lead in the final minute.Miami also turned the ball over 22 times, helping Philadelphia score 21 points.Miami led by 13 after the opening quarter, by 15 at intermission and pushed the lead to 69-46 — a 23-point cushion — midway through the third quarter.Someone forgot to tell the 76ers that the game was over.Carter-Williams made a 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second left in the third to get Philadelphia within 78-73, and the 76ers run never really stopped.Us looking ahead? Man, were 13-15 coming into this game, Wade said. Theres nobody looking ahead.___TIP-INS76ers: Before the game, the 76ers announced the signing of F Malcolm Thomas, who played five games in Philadelphia before being waived last month. Ronny Turiaf was waived to accommodate the Thomas signing. ... Philadelphia blocked 10 of Mamis 21 missed shots in the first half, making the 76ers the third team this season to have that many blocks in a half (joining Oklahoma City and Milwaukee).Heat: Centers Chris Bosh (strained calf) and Justin Hamilton (concussion) were sidelined, Bosh for the sixth straight game. Hes done some shooting but the Heat arent certain if hell be ready for Thursday. ... Miami hasnt won two straight since Nov. 22-23, and hasnt won two straight at home since Oct. 29-Nov. 2. ... Wade started the night 65th on the all-time NBA scoring list. He moved to 62nd on Tuesday, passing Lou Hudson, Calvin Murphy and World B. Free.OUT OF LASTThe 76ers still have the worst winning percentage in the NBA, but theyre no longer the team farthest from first in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia (4-23) is 17 games back of Toronto in the East — a half-game closer to the top than the New York Knicks (5-25, 17 1/2games back).SECOND-HALF SLIDEMiamis 10 second-half field goals were the fewest by a Heat team in a regular-season game since making eight against the Knicks on April 2, 2013.UP NEXT76ers: At Portland on Friday.Heat: Host Cleveland on Thursday. Tyrann Mathieu Jersey . The Boston Celtics hadnt played since the All-Star break. So the Suns 100-94 victory over Boston Wednesday night was an uphill affair, with Phoenix relying on balance rather than its trademark high energy. Justin Reid Jersey . Louis Blues and back into top spot of the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings. The Sharks had been ranked No. http://www.thetexansfootballpro.us/texan...authentic/ .500 were once common achievements for the Dallas Mavericks. Now, both are season highs as Dallas slowly works its way back into playoff contention in the Western Conference.SOCHI — Hayley Wickenheiser not only will carry the Canadian flag in the opening ceremonies on Friday, the hockey legend also carries high hopes for a fourth-consecutive Olympic gold medal and for the womens game as a whole. But before her work on the ice begins, shes going to savour a special moment at Sochis Fisht Olympic stadium on Friday. "Just going to enjoy it and take it all in and, you know, honour the fact that I have this opportunity and that my family is going to be in the building," said Wickenheiser, who hails from Shaunavon, Sask. "So its going to be a fun night, said the Olympic veteran," who will have 11 family members in Sochi.  The 35-year-old Wickenheiser is well aware that if the womens tournament evolves as presumed with a Canada-United States gold-medal final on Feb. 20, the scrutiny will continue as to whether womens hockey belongs in the Olympics.   But shes been around the international game for two decades, when she cracked the Canadian roster as a 15 year old in 1994, and she sees progress. Womens game in good shape “I always worry about the future of womens hockey, mainly because of the fact that most of the world pays attention to womens hockey only for two weeks out of every four years,” Wickenheiser said. “I dont worry about the womens game when I look at every game and what goes on internationally. “I look at Team Japan and what [current coach and former Canadian player] Carla MacLeod has been able to do to get that team to an Olympic Games, which is a huge accomplishment for a country. You look at Finland and how they centralize their under-18 and national teams. You look at Sweden and you look at Russia what Alexei Yashin [the teams general manager] has been able to do with his team.” Still, the Russians, Swedes, Finns and Swiss need to exhibit that they have closed the gap. But that wont be easy because Canada and the U.S. continue to elevate its level of play. “This is a dilemma womens hockey is always going to face. But the reality is were so much further aahead in this time span than say where mens hockey was in [after the first five Olympics]. Sammie Coates Texans Jersey. I think the [womens] game has really come a long way in five Olympics.” Will this be Wickenheisers final Olympics? She wont decide on whether to continue or conclude her decorated career, that includes three Olympic gold medals, seven world championships and playing pro mens hockey in Finland and Sweden, until after the final buzzer sounds in Sochi. So what keeps Wickenheisers competitive clock ticking? “The No. 1 thing is a love of sport,” said the six-time Olympian said, who also competed for Canada in softball at the 2000 Sydney Games. “Ive loved hockey since the day I first put on skates when I was five years old. I have had a passion to play all these years. “I love being part of Team Canada and having the opportunity to win, and thats the main driving force now.” Nagano loss still hurts She forgot to mention that shes never been a good loser. At a team gathering on Monday evening, Wickenheiser and Hefford and assistant coach Daniel Goyette described the emptiness and hurt they felt when they finished second in 1998. “The worst thing in the world is to stand on the blue line with a silver medal around your neck,” she said. “It stays with you for a while.” There was some speculation that Wickenheiser wouldnt be around for the Sochi Games. There was some thought her game had dropped off and she was dealing with some injuries.  “You battle injuries and you go through a lot of things as an athlete, but I could picture in my mind what I needed to do to get ready to play in these Games,” she said. “I guess its always a fragile existence as an athlete. Any day something can happen and your games are over, like we saw yesterday with the snowboarder (Norway slopestyle gold-medal contender Torstein Horgmo broke his collarbone during a trail run). “Im very grateful to be sitting here … and to have had the longevity Ive had.” (With files from CBC Saskatchewan) Wholesale Falcons Jerseys Wholesale Buccaneers Jerseys Wholesale Cardinals Jerseys Wholesale Bills Jerseys Wholesale Jets Jerseys Wholesale Panthers Jerseys Wholesale Ravens Jerseys Wholesale Texans Jerseys Wholesale Patriots Jerseys Wholesale Steelers Jerseys Wholesale Cowboys Jerseys Wholesale Packers Jerseys Wholesale Browns Jerseys Wholesale Chiefs Jerseys Wholesale Colts Jerseys Wholesale Rams Jerseys ' ' '
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