There was James versus Andre Iguodala in the first (when he was tentative), then James versus everyone else. The Sixers threw the kitchen sink at LeBron -- traps, helpers, extra bodies waiting in the paint -- but he kept coming. There were a couple too many step-back heat checks from 21 feet, but the final product -- including the monstrous alley-oop from Mario Chalmers -- was impressive.
If LeBron's signature was the alley-oop finish, Wade branded the blowout with his ungodly crossover and step-back J against Evan Turner. Wade's recent migraines might explain his five turnovers, iffy shot selection and straggling on Philly run-outs. The nice thing for Wade is that, with two top-shelf teammates, a headache doesn't have to be such a headache.
This is a series designed for a Heat big man, and Bosh has harnessed the opportunity. The Sixers were trying to punch the ball into Elton Brand early, but Bosh was there to front, harass and body up. Bosh ran the floor, crashed the offensive glass and challenged shots. When the 76ers sent a double-team just before halftime, Bosh kicked the ball out to Mike Bibby for a wide-open 3.
The Heat trapped selectively, hedged impressively, rotated behind every side screen-and-roll and completely shut down the Sixers' transition attack. The Sixers scored only a single field goal on half-court sets in the first quarter, and their 25.6 percent field goal percentage in the first half was the lowest of any Heat playoff opponent in franchise history during a half.
The Sixers couldn't find anything in the half court against the Heat's sticky defense and hit only about a third of their attempts in the paint. Doug Collins has been the leader of this scrappy unit, and on Monday night, he never stopped teaching. Even late in the blowout, you could spot Collins counseling Lou Williams, his arm around his gimpy guard. There will be more instruction in the week ahead.