NBA Game Summary - Miami at Philadelphia
(Friday, December 16th)
Final Score: Miami 112, Philadelphia 105
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Dwyane Wade scored 32 points and pulled down six rebounds, as the Miami Heat held off a late Philadelphia push to take a 112-105 victory over the 76ers at Wachovia Center.
Shaquille O'Neal poured in 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Heat, who won their fourth game in a row and are still undefeated (3-0) under new head coach Pat Riley.
Antoine Walker added 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench in the win, as the Heat snapped a personal six-game road losing streak in Philadelphia.
Allen Iverson netted a game-high 35 points on 14-of-29 shooting for the 76ers, who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end. Chris Webber added 23 points with seven rebounds in the loss.
Kyle Korver was the only other Sixer in double figures with 11 points on just 4-of-12 shooting as Philadelphia lost for just the second time at home against the Heat in their last 12 meetings.
The Heat held a 63-51 lead after two quarters and continued to outscore the Sixers in the third.
Miami started the frame on a 10-3 run to go ahead 73-54 with 8:35 left in the quarter and two free throws by Udonis Haslem put the Heat ahead by 20 at 79-59.
Back-to-back baskets by Korver and Andre Iguodala pulled Philadelphia to within 79-63, but Alonzo Mourning responded with a dunk to keep Miami comfortably ahead.
Miami held a 15-point edge after three with an 89-74 lead, but it would be in the fourth when Philadelphia would make its late push as the 76ers netted 16 of the first 22 points in the fourth to pull within 95-90 with 6:06 left.
Webber scored four straight points to start the stanza and Iverson netted the Sixers next seven points to make it a 93-85 game. Then, after an Walker basket, Philadelphia netted five straight points for a five-point deficit.
The Heat would put out the Sixers' fire however, as a Walker three-pointer extended Miami backup eight at 98-90. Iverson responded with a free throw before two dunks by Wade made it a 102-91 game with 3:51 remaining.
Webber's jumper made it a 104-97 deficit with 2:23 left, but the 76ers would get no closer then six down the stretch as the Heat held on for the win.
The Heat jumped out early as James Posey's three-pointer ignited a 12-3 first quarter run that put the Heat ahead 21-11 with 4:45 left to play in the frame and the Heat led 30-21 after the stanza.
An O'Neal dunk staked the Heat to a 38-27 advantage in the second and a 9-0 spurt later put Miami ahead 47-31. Walker's layup put Miami up 58-42 before a 9-3 run by Philadelphia made it a 10-point deficit at 61-51 with 1:01 left in the half.
Iverson finished 7-of-16 from the free throw line and Philadelphia as a team finished 22-of-34 (.647 percent)...Posey ended with nine points on 3-of-7 shooting from behind the arc...Gary Payton added 12 points for the Heat...Shavlik Randolph finished with eight points and 10 rebounds for the Sixers...Philadelphia never led in the game...The 76ers still lead the all- time series 42-30.
12/16 23:10:11 ET