NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Miami
(Friday, April 14th)
Final Score: Miami 104, Philadelphia 85
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Udonis Haslem netted a career-high 24 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead Miami to an easy 104-85 win over Philadelphia at AmericanAirlines Arena.
"I thought we played some of the best basketball that we've played for two and a half quarters," said Miami coach Pat Riley. "Then we got really sloppy with turnovers. We lost the energy that we had but we closed it out."
Dwyane Wade recorded a team-high 25 points, six rebounds and eights assists after missing the Heat's last game with the flu. Shaquille O'Neal added 15 points and 10 boards for Miami, which won for the fourth time in six games and clinched the No. 2 Spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
"Now we can work on things we need to work on," said Wade. "Guys can get some rest coming into the playoffs, so it is going to be good for us."
Allen Iverson had a game-high 30 points for the 76ers, who snapped a three- game winning streak and fell one full game behind Chicago for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. Chicago bested Washington 103-101 on Friday night.
"We used so much energy fighting back," said Iverson. "We just couldn't get over the hump. They came out and defended well in the beginning."
Chris Webber tallied 17 points and nine rebounds for Philadelphia in the loss.
After being buried during a lackadaisical second quarter, the Sixers showed little pride and virtually no passion coming out of the locker room. The Heat scored the first seven points of the frame to take a 22-point edge, and Gary Payton's layup highlighted the mini-run to make it 61-39.
Miami continued to extend its lead from there. Antoine Walker's lay-in, with just under six minutes left gave the Heat a 29-point cushion, 77-48.
The Sixers never seriously threatened the rest of the way but tried to make it a game with a 24-9 burst that started in the latter portion of the third quarter and carried over into the final frame.
Iverson's jumper, with just over nine minutes left, brought the Sixers to within 14, 86-72, but the huge deficit was just too much to overcome.
Haslem's mid-range jumper, with 3:53 remaining, put the Heat back on top by 20 points, 100-80, and Miami coasted the rest of the way.
"It's hard to come back when you're down like that," said Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks. "The way they got up was from transition baskets. I just think their energy got us early on."
Miami took a slim 25-23 edge after the first 12 minutes of play.
The Heat then used a dominant second quarter to take control of the game. With the contest deadlocked at 27, O'Neal got loose inside for a slam. The bucket fueled a 19-8 run, capped by a five straight points by Haslem, to make the score 46-35 with a little under five minutes to go in the half.
Miami continued to extend the lead and took a 54-39 advantage into intermission.
The Heat have won eight of their last 10 home games and own a 31-9 mark in South Beach this season...The Sixers are 15-24 away from the Wachovia Center this year...The Heat won the battle of the boards, 42-36, and shot 52.6 percent for the game to the Sixers' 41 percent.
04/14 23:04:02 ET