By Jack Ryan
Tyler Johnson scored 24 points, the Heat had six players in double figures and they rolled past the Sixers 125-98 last night.
Wayne Ellington made six 3-pointers for 18 points for Miami, which has won 10 of its past 11 at home. Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters and Goran Dragic all scored 15 for the Heat, and Whiteside also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Robert Covington scored 19 for the 76ers, who learned earlier that center Joel Embiid will miss the remainder of the season with a left knee injury.
“I give Miami a lot of credit. They exposed us individually, our inability to guard them,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “But that type of result has not been us. It’s part of the NBA landscape — we win together, we lose together and we move on.”
Richaun Holmes scored 15 and T.J. McConnell (above) added 14 for Philly, which lost its third straight.
“They got layups,” Holmes said, “and when you get layups, the rim gets bigger.”
Ellington was 5 for 7 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter, while Spoelstra kept his starters off the floor. It was the first time Miami faced Philly since the 76ers snapped a 13-game winning streak by the Heat last month — and Ellington said the memories of how the 76ers celebrated that night lingered.
“We didn’t forget,” Ellington said. “We didn’t forget. They were pretty excited when they snapped our streak. … We wanted to come out and give our energy and our best effort, and it turned out to be a great win for us.”