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Heat clamp down on 76ers

MIAMI — LeBron James outscored Philadelphia’s entire starting five in the first half by himself.

So did Chris Bosh.

So did Dwyane Wade.

And that pretty much tells the tale of a night the 76ers would rather forget.

No comeback required for the Miami Heat this time. They went wire-to-wire on the lead and moved two wins from advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

James scored 29 points, Bosh had his second straight double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Miami took a 2-0 series lead with a 94-73 victory Monday night over the poor-shooting 76ers — who managed their second-lowest playoff scoring total in the last 56 years.

“It was a really complete game for us at both ends of the floor,” James said.

Showing no signs of the migraine that he battled Sunday, Wade scored 14 points for Miami, now 17-3 in its last 20 games and halfway to winning its first playoff series since the 2006 NBA Finals.

“I’m feeling a lot better,” said Wade, who wasn’t able to eat Sunday and was very low-energy at times before Monday’s game. “I lost a lot of weight tonight … but I think I did my job, to come out there and help my team get a win.”

Thaddeus Young scored 18 points and Evan Turner added 15 for the 76ers, whose starters were outscored 76-29 by the Heat’s first-string. Philadelphia shot 34 percent for the game, and after getting 42 points in the paint in Game 1, the 76ers were held to 24 in that department Monday.

“We’ve had good defensive performances,” Bosh said, “but I think today was our best of the season.”

The 76ers find themselves needing to buck some serious history. Miami has never lost a series after winning the first two games (6-0), and the Philadelphia franchise is winless in 16 tries after falling into an 0-2 postseason hole. And then there’s this: Only 14 teams have won after losing the first two games of a best-of-7 NBA series.

“If they’re playing great, they’re a better team,” Sixers coach Doug Collins said. “OK? If they’re playing on top of their game, they’re a better team. I mean, they won 58, we won 41. That doesn’t mean that we aren’t going to play and compete and fight. But when they come out tonight and defend the way they did … it’s going to be very difficult for us to beat them.”

It was Philadelphia’s second-lowest playoff point total since 1955, the only exception coming in a 79-68 loss to Orlando in 1999. And the 76ers won that series.

Philadelphia made 15 of its first 24 shots in Game 1, a 63 percent clip. Since then: 47 of 140, 34 percent.

“You’ve got to give them credit,” said Sixers guard Andre Iguodala, who has nine points on 4-for-15 shooting in the series.

Wade played 34 minutes, despite spending Sunday bedridden in a darkened room fighting off a migraine that he likened to a “nightmare.” He had no outward ill effects, shooting 4-for-11 with six rebounds.

Instead, it was the 76ers who spent much of Monday looking pained.

“He controlled the game,” James said of Wade. “He had two people on him, so he just got off the ball and let other guys make things happen. It’s good to have him on the court, (rather) than in a suit.”

Philadelphia shot only 26 percent in the first half, a record for a Heat playoff opponent. The 76ers’ starters were outscored 41-9 in the opening 24 minutes, and unlike their last two meetings, never put a scare into Miami. Philadelphia had a 16-point lead in the final regular-season matchup and a 14-point lead in Game 1, but simply couldn’t get rolling Monday.

The 76ers didn’t even have a starter reach double figures until 3:49 remained in the third quarter, when Jrue Holiday made a 3-pointer to get to 10 points. By then, James had 23, Bosh had 15 and Wade 12 — and the Heat led 68-50.

The margin kept growing from there, all the way to 28 at one point. A clearly frustrated Collins got a technical with 1:56 left and the game decided, the Heat holding a 91-67 lead.

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