The Miami Heat gave themselves a much-needed rest before entering the upcoming second round of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs after eliminating the Philadelphia 76ers in five games.
The Heat closed out the first-round series with a 97-91 win in game five on April 27 in Miami.
Veteran guard Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 26 points and 11 rebounds while forward Chris Bosh followed with 22 points with 11 boards. Forward LeBron James nearly added a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Sixers forwards Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala scored 22 points each in the loss.
Miami will face the Boston Celtics in the second round. Game one of the series starts Sunday.
“We understand where we are in this league and where the Celtics are,” said Heat coach Eric Spoelstra. “They’ve proven themselves. They’re the Eastern Conference champions. If we want to go anywhere we want to go, we have to go through them. And it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t play them.”