NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Miami
(Saturday, March 24th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 93, Miami 85
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Andre Iguodala returned from a one-game absence and led a balanced Sixers attack with 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists as Philadelphia erased a 19-point deficit and beat Miami, 93-85, at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Iguodala, who missed Friday's win over Charlotte with a strained lower back, had played in 232 consecutive regular season games, which was the third- longest active streak in the NBA behind San Antonio's Bruce Bowen and Tayshaun Prince of Detroit.
Kyle Korver donated 17 points and Willie Green added 13 for the Sixers, who snapped a six-game slide in Miami. Their last win in South Beach came on December 5, 2003.
"In the second half we came out and made our adjustments," Green said. "We really wanted to concentrate on our defense so that we could get out and run. Things just started clicking for us."
Joe Smith recorded a double-double off the bench with 12 points and 13 boards, while Samuel Dalembert chipped in 12 also for Philadelphia, which finished 46 percent shooting from the field.
Jason Williams poured in 21 points and dished out six assists for the Heat, who have dropped three of their last four. Shaquille O'Neal had 18 and Udonis Haslem grabbed 14 boards to go along with 11 points.
Miami shot 43 percent from the floor, but despite the loss remained a half- game behind Washington for first place in the Southeast Division. The Wizards lost to the Los Angeles Clippers later Saturday night.
"It was a very disappointing loss, obviously," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "They made some big plays down the stretch. When the game was on the line, we had the opportunity to go ahead or tie. They made some great stops at the end of the game."
The Sixers, trailing by 15 at halftime, came out strong in the third quarter and closed within three, 58-55, on Iguodala's jumper with just over four minutes left. The Heat, though, went on a 9-1 spurt -- ended with Antoine Walker's trey -- to go up by 11 at the 1:16 mark.
Rodney Carney capped the frame with a layup, which brought Philadelphia within 67-61 entering the fourth.
In the final frame, Dalembert's dunk - part of a 19-8 burst - put the Sixers up by one with 8:42 to play and minutes later, Andre Miller's three- point play snapped the run to make it an 80-75 contest.
A layup and free throw by O'Neal got the Heat within three, but Andre Miller drilled a jumper and Philadelphia cruised to the finish.
Miami, trailing by two early on, turned on the heat and scored 26 of the final 33 points in the first quarter for a 30-13 advantage.
Philadelphia continued to trail by double digits in the second, falling behind by as many as 19, before Korver buried a three-pointer to cut within 49-34 at halftime.
Walker contributed 11 points and Eddie Jones scored 10 for Miami...The Sixers shot 35 percent from three-point range, while Miami converted just 22 percent from long range.
03/25 01:12:52 ET