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Wednesday, October 30th (All times Eastern)

Miami Heat (1-0) at Philadelphia 76ers (0-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat successfully opened defense of their title with a win and will now pay a visit to the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night.

The Heat raised their third NBA title banner and received their rings Tuesday night, then handed the Chicago Bulls a 107-95 setback behind 17 points from reigning NBA MVP LeBron James. James led seven players in double figures, while Chris Bosh and Shane Battier netted 16 and 14 points, respectively.

Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers scored 13 points apiece for the Heat, who shot 51.4 percent from the floor and made 11-of-20 3-pointers.

"We're a complete basketball team. There is no pressure for us to go out and perform. We move the ball offensively and have a lot of guys that can make plays. That is what we're about, guys picking each other up," said James.

Ray Allen and Norris Cole each had 11 points off the bench for Miami.

The Heat will also visit the Brooklyn Nets on their east coast trek.

Meanwhile, the Sixers are pegged to finish with one of the worst records in the NBA this season and have a new head coach in Brett Brown. Brown is taking over for Doug Collins and understands this will be a rebuilding process.

"We all know the pain of the rebuild is real," Brown said at his introductory press conference. "There needs to be patience."

Jrue Holiday is gone, but Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes are back and represent the nucleus of the team. During the draft, Holiday was dealt to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Nerlens Noel, probably the No. 1 pick in the draft had he not torn his ACL in the winter. Noel, though, is not expected to play this season.

Fellow rookie Michael Carter-Williams has promise at the point, but has a lot to learn at this level.

"Can you imagine if we can get this thing right? If we can get this right with the culture and the history that this city has and the pride and the toughness that this city has, that is very alluring," said Brown.

Prior to the game the Sixers will announce the retirement of former superstar Allen Iverson. The prolific scorer and 11-time All-Star was the league MVP back in 2001 and is a fan favorite by many.

"He played like a 6-8 two-guard," James said of Iverson. "He was one of the greatest finishers we've ever seen. You could never question his heart. Ever."

Iverson is Philadelphia's franchise leader in 40-point games (76) and 3- pointers (885) and is second behind Hal Greer in points (19,931). He is currently 19th on the all-time scoring list with 24,368 points.

The 76ers lost all four games against Miami last season and are winless in the past 15 meetings between the teams. The Heat have won seven in a row in south Philly.

10/30 10:13:57 ET

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Schedule

Sunday, April 20Full Scoreboard
Dallas834th Qtr 0:04 | Box
San Antonio88TV: TNT, FSN-SW, KTXA
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Charlotte 4/20 3:30 PM ET
Miami TNT, FSN-SW, KTXA
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Washington 4/20 7:00 PM ET
Chicago TNT, CSN-WAS, CHI
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Portland 4/20 9:30 PM ET
Houston TNT, CSN-HOU
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Full Scoreboard

Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
15th
NOR 6
DUR 1
 
3:30pm Today
MIA
CHA
8th
CLE 6
TOR 4
 
7th
DET 2
ANA 1
 
7th
NYM 3
ATL 3
 
8th
MIA 1
SEA 2
 
6th
PIT 1
MIL 0
 
6th
WAS 0
STL 2
 
7th
TAM 0
NYY 1
 
4th
KAN 0
MIN 3
 
4th
CHC 0
CIN 0
 
2nd
TEX 0
CWS 0
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
4:10pm Today
LOS
ARI
4:10pm Today
COL
PHI
4:10pm Today
SDP
SFG
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
4th
SAN 88
DAL 83
 
3:30pm Today
MIA
CHA
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
1st
BOS 1
DET 0
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
15th
NOR 6
DUR 1