U.S. Sports Desk, Apr 7 (EFE).- Star forward LeBron James returned to the court on the weekend after recovering from a muscle injury in his right leg and led the Miami Heat to a 106-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
James, who was out for three games with the injury, contributed 27 points and headed the list of six players who scored in double digits, including power forward Rashard Lewis, who scored 14.
It was the second consecutive win for the Heat, now 60-16 for the season and they have looked good all year to defend their championship title in the playoffs.
Point guard Norris Cole tallied 13 points off the bench, while starting point guard Mario Chalmers and veteran shooting guard Ray Allen each got 11.
The Heat controlled the game throughout, but they really put the icing on the cake in the fourth period, when their great defensive work enabled them to hold the Sixers to just 11 points while they totted up 29, to the joy of the hometown crowd.
The Miami squad was playing Saturday night without guard Dwyane Wade and center Chris Bosh, who were both out with slight physical problems.
Sixers' guard Jrue Holiday scored 18, while forward Evan Turner got 14 and center Spencer Hawes got a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Sixers, who are 31-45 for the year, found that the Saturday loss combined with the Milwaukee Bucks' win over Toronto eliminated them from the playoffs. They have not had their center, Andrew Bynum, with them so far this season because he had to go back to the hospital for another round of knee surgery.