Miami Heat veteran Udonis Haslem recorded his first game of the season on Thursday night against the Philadelphia 76ers and lasted about three minutes.
Haslem was sent off in the first half after entering a typhus with 76ers center Dwight Howard.
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“This is my favorite moment of the season so far,” said Heat coach Eric Spoelstra after the team’s 106-94 victory. “It’s just excessive passion, competitiveness and anger. I just love it. And that’s why we roll with UD. Everyone in this locker room just has a lot of respect and love for it.”
Haslem, a three-time NBA champion, has been a mainstay for the Heat since the 2003-04 season. Although he no longer gets too many minutes, he is the team captain.
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He had tried to play a peacemaker when teammate Trevor Ariza broke up with Joel Embiid.
“If that’s the last one, I finished it the only way Udonis Haslem could – by throwing it away,” Haslem told the Associated Press.
Asked if he was hinting at anything, Haslem said he had said “if”.
Haslem managed to score four points and grab ricochets in the short appearance.
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Miami moved to 39-31 with the win and Philadelphia fell to 47-23. Sixers are still the original seeds in the Eastern Conference, and the Heat are fifth.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.